I know that many of you love Dropbox, and I did too until this last Sunday, when I realized that I can't really trust it anymore. A reader of another website of mine sent me a note pointing out that some of the graphics on the site were missing. Huh?
Sure enough, after a lot of digging, I discovered that a handful of jpeg files (about a dozen) were deleted from the Dropbox folder where I keep the source for that site. I don't update that site very often, and I was able trace back and determine that the deletions occurred in a period where I was not working on the site at all.
And because I don't have a paid account, Dropbox won't restore the deleted files for me. (They were deleted more than 30 days ago.) They are G-O-N-E. But, I have a Time Machine backup of the local version of the Dropbox folder so I was able to restore the missing files.
But the bottom line is this. I'm no newbie, and I'm not known to spasmodically, or drunkenly, delete random files from my working projects. This was no user accident. Either Dropbox had a hiccup and deleted those files, or something (not someone, this is not a project that is shared) else did. Either way, I won't trust Dropbox again.
And neither should you. A simple search of "Dropbox deleted my files" will return an alarming number of similar stories. This one and its comments being but one example. Beware.
Update: I have since discovered that several assets within a Curio package stored on Dropbox were also deleted. This underlines my assertion that the deletions weren't a user (me) error. It's not very easy to delete individual files from within a package and it's certainly not something I would ever do.