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I want to send a shared link but be linked only to their email addresses. How can I do that?

I want to send a shared link but be linked only to their email addresses. How can I do that?

valleyofvision
New member | Level 2

I want to share a folder with family. I have their email addresses.

I don't know if their email addresses are linked to an already-created Dropbox account.

I want them to be able to view the folder and its contents only if they have a dropbox account linked to their email address.

Why? Because I don't just want anybody with the shared link to be able to see the folder. It's to secure the privacy of the folder.

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Re: Contacts I share a folder with might have not registered with Dropbox. How can i force them to r

Mark
Super User II
It isnt possible to do what you want with a Shared Link I'm afraid. A possible work around would be to use a password? Thats only available on certain plans though: https://www.dropbox.com/help/files-folders/set-link-permissions

Alternatively to make sure they all have an account use a Shared Folder (https://www.dropbox.com/help/files-folders/share-with-others). You can only access them if you have an account. But, note a few things with these:
-the share is limited to the size of THEIR quota
-there is nothing, at all, to stop them moving the files/folders to another share (or copying) and re-sharing it to others
-In shared folders everybody has read/write access unless you set permissions. Some of which, again, are only available for Paying users
-everybody in the share will be able to see everybody elses email addresses.

 


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Re: Contacts I share a folder with might have not registered with Dropbox. How can i force them to r

ramblingpolak
Helpful | Level 6

Was trying to find a similar feature when deciding whether to move over to Dropbox. Currently use a competing service that allows you to require clicking an email verification link to prove you're the intended recipient of the link -- no account required.

 

Any idea if Dropbox will ever implement something like that? It's a challenge to share stuff when you need added security but the recipient may not be Dropbox user.

Re: Contacts I share a folder with might have not registered with Dropbox. How can i force them to r

Walter
Dropboxer
In that case, have you considered using our Transfer feature @ramblingpolak?

While we're at it, you may want to take a look at our traffic and insights feature as well.

Walter
Community Moderator @ Dropbox
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Re: Contacts I share a folder with might have not registered with Dropbox. How can i force them to r

ramblingpolak
Helpful | Level 6
Thanks that’s pretty much what I’m looking for. The only difference is “Recipients can share the transfer link.”

The service I currently use allows me to require clicking an email verification link so that links can’t be shared with others. But creating an account is not required.

Re: Contacts I share a folder with might have not registered with Dropbox. How can i force them to r

valleyofvision
New member | Level 2

Interesting. Care to share the competing service's identity?

Re: Contacts I share a folder with might have not registered with Dropbox. How can i force them to r

ramblingpolak
Helpful | Level 6
Just to be clear—sharing with another Dropbox account is absolutely better than what I mentioned above. Just not always feasible. For that use case I like the approach from Tresorit. Dropbox is a great product!
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