Store and share files across the internet

In modern life, people change devices many times a day. However, very often, they work with the same files. When transferring files by hard-disks, USB sticks, other external storage or sending by mail, you can easily become a victim of many different fragmented versions. Nowadays, however there are systems available that solve that problem by storing your data in the cloud. This way, it is available on every device, wherever you are, as long as you are connected to the internet. <strong>Challenge:</strong> <ul> <li>Find an online hosting service for your files.</li> <li>Find out how to upload your files and upload at least 3.</li> <li>Change one of your files and save it. Now look into the version history and try to undo your action by re-activating the older version.</li> <li>Is there an integration of the hosting service into you operating system? How can you make use of this?</li> <li>Now try to find your uploaded files on a different device (e.g. smartphone)</li> <li>Share one of the files with a friend of yours.</li> </ul>
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Share files using Google Docs

  1. if you don't have an Google Account sign up for it here:
  2. Visit the
  3. Here you can either create a new document or upload one. For the sake of this tutorial we assume that you want to upload a file.
  4. Click on the 'Upload' button. Choose the file you want to upload. Return to the listing of your documents.
  5. Click on the uploaded file.
  6. Click on the 'Share' button, here you can choose whether your file should be publicly available on the Internet or you can add e-mail addresses of people you want to share the file with. Choose whether they should be able to edit or just view the file. Choose whether the people should be notified by an email.
  7. Save your preferences. Your file is now shared.


Dropbox - Storing and sharing files in the cloud

Dropbox is a web-based file hosting service which uses cloud computing to enable users to store and share files and folders with others across the Internet using file synchronization. You can download it at

Dropbox can be installed on Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, iPhone, iPad, Android devices and more. After creating an account and installing, you will find a folder called "My Dropbox". All files in this folder will be synchronized seamlessly to every other device that has Dropbox installed. If you can't install the client, you can still use the web interface at - just log in with your username and password in the upper right corner.

Dropbox also offers a version history and sharing features. Using the version history you can easily revert back to previous versions. The sharing features are great for collaborating on files and folders.