Quoting from the article, "if you’re connected to the Internet, Dropbox immediately uploads the image to its servers, then downloads it to a folder on your computer and to other Dropbox-capable devices. Once the photos are on your computer, sharing them with friends and family can be just as automatic."
I've been using Spector's method for some time. Actually, I use Dropbox to automatically upload all photos from my handheld "smartphone" camera to my desktop and laptop computers within seconds after the pictures are taken. I then later select only the better photos to share with friends and relatives, although the method of using Dropbox still makes it simple.
I like Spector's method of not sharing a Dropbox folder. Instead, use a shared link that makes the picture available via a lengthy URL (web address) on the World Wide Web. You can also send invitations to family and friends complete with the URL embedded in the message. Your friend receives an email invitation and only has to click on the link to see the photo.
The one drawback of shared links is that the photos theoretically are visible to everyone on the World Wide Web. Obviously, you won't want to use this method for pictures that are not appropriate to share with strangers. I feel that Lincoln Spector didn't emphasize this enough in his article.
The address is long and cryptic so probably no one will ever find your photos accidentally but that's not very good security. "Security by obscurity" isn't very reliable. If the picture should be private, I suggest you keep it private. Use some other method of sending it. However, for pictures I am willing to share with everyone, the shared link works well. I use this method to share my vacation photos.
You can read Lincoln Spector's article at http://goo.gl/1QpLO.
Don't let the newsletter's name of Windows Secrets fool you. The method described in the article works equally well on Macintosh. It also works with Apple's iOS devices as well as Android.
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