Ask The Nice Guy - Dropbox vs. iCloud, Adobe Updates, Online Threats

This is the 8th post in a series called Ask The Nice Guy. In this series I will attempt to provide answers to the various questions I get asked throughout the week.

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in this blog post, boiled down to five word (or less) summaries.

  1. Difference Between iCloud & Dropbox
  2. Adobe Updates
  3. Is This A Threat

QUESTION 1: Difference Between iCloud & Dropbox

How is Dropbox different from the back up and sync functions of iCloud?

In last week's Ask The Nice Guy column, I explained the benefits fo Dropbox. If you missed it, click on the link and check it out.

Dropbox is basically an online hard drive. You save a document, photo, song, or video to Dropbox and it syncs to your other devices that are logged into Dropbox. Any files saved in Dropbox can also be accessed on the Dropbox website.

iCloud allows you to SYNC information (Contacts, Calendars, Reminders, Notes), SHARE photos via Photo Stream, LOCATE your device via Find My iPhone (works with iPad), and BACKUP your device.

You can also sync files between Apple devices via iCloud, but there is no way for a non Apple device to access those files.

I use both services. Dropbox is where all my documents live. iCloud is where everything else lives.

QUESTION 2: Adobe Updates?

I’m getting messages that my “plugin is vulnerable and should be updated.” Do you know a safe way to download Adobe updates?

Adobe Flash and Adobe Reader are updated frequently. I have seen situations where a virus or a trojan will disguise itself as an Adobe Flash update dialog box. Many people will click on the box and before you know it their computer is now infected with something.

If you want to make sure that you are actually downloading Adobe Flash or Adobe Reader I would suggest that you visit Adobe's website directly. I have included the links below for Flash and Reader:

These links will take you directly to Adobe's website and will allow you to download the latest and greatest version of Flash and Reader.


This came up on our computer. Is this a real threat or is this a fake - how can I know? What should I do?

A person must be vigilant while surfing the internet. What you are seeing on your screen is a pop up window that is designed to look like a Microsoft Security Essentials warning box. In the address bar there is a crazy URL:

Here is my advice if you see a box that pops up that tells you that you have a threat (virus, spyware, malware, or trojan), open up your anti-virus software and run a scan. Don't click on any box that pops up while surfing the internet that warns you of threats. It is most likely someone trying to trick you into infecting your computer.

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