SugarSync is actually a cloud-based data back-up service that includes the use of their free apps. But, because most surgeons are probably under-protected with regard to thesecurity of their digital data, I strongly advocate the use of some type of auto-backup service, such as SugarSync or one of its competitors. After paying for a subscription and installing the program onto as many computers as you would like, SugarSync will automatically back up your data in real-time both to the cloud, as well as between computers. For example, in my home I sync my two laptops so that the data between my “home” computer and my “work” computer are always matched. Then, I also sync specific folders (such as photos) between my computers and my wife’s computer. Copying/transferring files with flash drives and emailing document versions have become obsolete. Lastly, because I have the app installed on my phone and my iPad, I can access any file from anywhere, any time. That includes photos, documents, or reading material and includes the ability to email the files directly to a colleague. The price is competitive, and the functionality has redefined the way I manage my data. For more information, see my FAQ section.
Cost: Free app with subscription service.
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