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Password protect or similar

New member | Level 2
New member | Level 2

We have a shared dropbox between multiple staff that all use the same log in.  There are a few files that we would like to password protect so only a few have access.  I can't find the option to remove permissions as suggested by this google post:  Any ideas welcomed!

 

Remove Permissions on Shared Files or Folders. Go to the Dropbox website (dropbox.com) and click the "Sign In" link. Enter the email address and password associated with your account and click "Sign In." Click the "Options" link of the shared file or folder that you want to make private.

 

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Super User II
Super User II
ARGH!

PLEASE DO NOT DO THIS!!

It is beyond unsafe.

All of the information within the site works per account. So if you've multiple people on one account it wont work.

The issue is that EVERY SINGLE PERSON has **full** read/write access to the account as if they are owner. That cannot be differentiated between the people using it. SO any one of those people AT ANY TIME can literally change the email, permanently delete everything, close the account, change the password etc. and you, as an organisation can do nothing about it because you a) dont know who did it as it could be any of them and b) allowed them to do it by sharing the details.

I seriously cannot stress enough how important it is that its 1 user = 1 account and in a work environment it really should be a Business one so you can avoid the stuff above.

Have a look around here for where the above HAS happened and HAS gone wrong. And as I said Dropbox cannot help because the people who did it were totally entitled to do so.

 


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Super User II
Super User II
ARGH!

PLEASE DO NOT DO THIS!!

It is beyond unsafe.

All of the information within the site works per account. So if you've multiple people on one account it wont work.

The issue is that EVERY SINGLE PERSON has **full** read/write access to the account as if they are owner. That cannot be differentiated between the people using it. SO any one of those people AT ANY TIME can literally change the email, permanently delete everything, close the account, change the password etc. and you, as an organisation can do nothing about it because you a) dont know who did it as it could be any of them and b) allowed them to do it by sharing the details.

I seriously cannot stress enough how important it is that its 1 user = 1 account and in a work environment it really should be a Business one so you can avoid the stuff above.

Have a look around here for where the above HAS happened and HAS gone wrong. And as I said Dropbox cannot help because the people who did it were totally entitled to do so.

 


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New member | Level 2

Thanks for your response Mark...so I dont get a million people telling me the same thing can I stop this post from getting responses?!

 

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Super User II
Super User II
I dont think you can, but, what I can do for you is close it so that nobody else can comment

 


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Dropboxer
Dropboxer
Hey KTC, thanks for posting your question on the Dropbox Community! 
 
I have to admit I second @Mark’s advice above, as sharing account credentials should under no circumstances be permitted, as a basic and standardized internal security precaution across work environments. 
 
Moving forward though, you may keep in mind that this request has indeed been previously discussed on our Forum (eg. you may reference this previous thread) for some background & ways to address your inquiry. 
 
I hope that this is helpful to you & we’re always here with to answer any additional questions you may have. Happy Monday! 

 


Jane
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