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Dropbox Vault offline access

Dropbox Vault offline access

marioshadj
Helpful | Level 5

Hello, 

 

Dropbox Vault sounds like a very nice new feature, and I was wondering how to access it while I'm not connected to the internet (i.e. offline).

 

On my Mac, when I click on the Vault icon it always opens up the dropbox website, and doesn't seem to be letting me access it locally.

 

Any way to access dropbox vault offline/locally?

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Re: Dropbox Vault offline access

Mark
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No there isnt. This is because the security for accessing it is set up on the website itself. 


 


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Re: Dropbox Vault offline access

MikhailVb
New member | Level 2

Seems to me that offline access to files in Vault via conventional Dropbox sync could still be a valid approach.

 

In the cloud and through the Dropbox interface, the extra protection from Vault would be available.  On a local storage device, it  would be "business as usual".  However, some users (like myself) might find the extra security more valuable specifically in the cloud and through the Dropbox interface.

 

As secure as Dropbox sync presumably is, perhaps Dropbox wished to eliminate recurring sync from Vaulted files to avoid the repeated exposure of such files to data transfer between cloud and local, just to be extra cautious.  However, I'd still be interested in "business as usual" syncing of such files with the added security of Vault limited to the cloud storage / Dropbox UI side.

Re: Dropbox Vault offline access

anirguha
New member | Level 2

I don't see the problem there in providign access to the Vault folder offline. There can be just an extra encyption for the folder which should solve the issue. Othe cloud storage and backup providers like pCloud which also I am using has got this feature available which is making the secret folders easy to access from desktops locally.

Re: Dropbox Vault offline access

MarcoHandl
New member | Level 2

Another useless feature, as long as it is just stored the cloud.
*facepalm*

Re: Dropbox Vault offline access

JoeyLloyd
New member | Level 2

I like the idea of backing up (and accessing) my data online in case my computer, say, gets run over by a bus.  I also like the idea of backing up my online files on my computer in case I loose access to the internet.  It is disappointing that my most important and sensitive files would be in a vault the violates this concept of Online backs up Hardware and Hardware backs up Online.  Seems easy enough to sync an encrypted file that could be opened offline.

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