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Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere. This means that any file you save to your DropBox will automatically save to all your computers, phones and even the DropBox website. DropBox also makes it super easy to share with others, whether you're a student or professional, parent or grandparent. Even if you accidentally spill a latte on your laptop, have no fear! You can relax knowing that DropBox always has you covered, and none of your stuff will ever be lost.

A video to show you how it works.

An awesome service and I do use it all the time but make sure that the folder that you are putting your files into is not Public.
A simple search on Google reveals that many DropBox users have left their files open for anyone to find, knowingly or not, it's happening.
Go to Google, Bing or your preferred search engine, and enter the following search term into the search box at the top: site:
What do you see? 25k of unprotected DropBox photo galleries. You can click on any of the links to see the contents of the selected gallery or folder right in your web browser.

Even better, you can combine the default search with additional parameters, e.g. wallpapers, to find themed photos on DropBox.
Also search for site: or site:

Another batch of public folders hosted on DropBox, again with the possibility to combine the standard search phrase with custom keywords for filtered results.
It's safe to assume that at least some of DropBox’s users do not know that their photos and data may be publicly accessible on the Internet. You see, the DropBox Photo folder is public by design.

The DropBox help explains wrote:

"The Photos folder automatically creates online galleries. Any image files you move or copy to your Photos folder are automatically included in an online gallery anyone can view from the DropBox website. People can download the photos or view them as a slideshow. Because you don’t have to deal with uploaders or uploading files through a website one by one, the Photos folder is the easiest way to make your images accessible online.
If you use the DropBox photo folder for your pictures, you make them accessible for anyone, which includes search engine bots. The only option for you is to store the photos in a different folder to block this from happening. For that, you need to create a new photo folder in your DropBox structure and use that folder from then on to store your images. The gallery feature however is not available in that new folder which means that other DropBox users that you share the url with will not be able to see the photos in a gallery in their web browser.
Two folders are public by default. The photo folder and the Public folder. If you copy files into either one, you make them accessible for everyone.
You can share additional folders which are then however only accessible by users that you specify during creation."

When you first install DropBox, you have two folders in your DropBox by default: The Public folder and the Photos folder. These folders have unique sharing functions, which is why they are installed by default. Outside of these folders, anything you store in your DropBox is private and accessible only by you or who you choose to share the folder with.
How can I tell if a file or folder is shared, public, or private? - Windows & Mac Instructions
Better to be safe than sorry and have something you wanted to be private end up for public consumption!

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