A really popular way for people to use Dropbox is to use their Dropbox software for their desktop or laptop. One installed, this will automatically pull down anything stored in the user’s DropBox account.
However, there has been a bug in some of the older versions of the Dropbox software for desktop and laptop computers. The bug is caused by switching on the Selective Sync (which allows users to choose which folders are uploaded to their Dropbox storage.
Because of said bug, users will have noticed that anything previously saved in their Dropbox account has been wiped.
Thankfully, there is some good news here: DropBox have already stopped the older versions of their software working. Additionally, they are already hard at work restoring lost file where they can restore them and given affected users a free year of DropBox Pro.
Moreover, Dropbox encourages people to download the latest version of their software to their computers.
Because of this problem, there will be a lot of people who will want to move away from Dropbox to find some alternative.
On the other hand, I think that there is clear takeaway from this: We cannot rely on just online backup alone.
In fact, this is where using the 3-2-1 method of backup would come in handy. This means that you have 3 copies of your data. Two out of the three copies would be stored on different types of storage like a USB flash drive, DVDs, external hard drives or something else. The third copy might be stored offsite with a cloud backup service. I would recommend using an alternative service like OneDrive, SpiderOak or Sync.com to back up everything stored on your Dropbox account. Alternatively, have an arrangement with a friend of yours, where you give an external hard drive or USB flash drive to them or some other kind of storage.