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does dropbox utilize end to end encryption? is it safe to use dropbox to send personal information? do i need to do anything special to make sure my files are protected?

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Hey there @biged1473 - do you have any specific concern about the syncing process?

Note that you can find information on Dropbox security by visiting this Help Center page:

https://www.dropbox.com/security#protection 

For more information on our security policy, you can also check our security overview:

https://www.dropbox.com/security

I hope this information helps and please let me know if there's anything I can assist with.



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perhaps im not asking the right question. if i load my files to dropbox, send an invite to my accountant to view the files, is this a secure way to send the information? is it encrypted end to end so the only person able to look at it is the person whom i want to read it. im not particulary tech saavy. i have been using dropbox for years now but maybe ive been flying by the seat of my pants without really securing the files im sharing. i will view the links you sent. i just want that clarification before i dump a bunch of sensitive information into my drop box.

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Thanks for the additional information @biged1473 - much appreciated.

Now, note that every folder you create in your Dropbox is private by default. However, a special type of folder you can create is a shared folder. These folders allow you to share files with other Dropbox users. Please note that while it is shared, it can only be accessed by people you explicitly invite.

 Additionally, you can decide whether members of the folder are "editors" (meaning they can add, edit, and delete files from the folder) or are "viewers" (meaning they can view files in the folder but not make any changes).

You can also share an individual file (or folder) with others using the “can view” permissions. 

Dropbox also lets you create a link to any file or folder in your Dropbox, which can be password protected or set to expire (these options are offered to our Professional and Business users).

Finally, you can also set up a file requests folder, which is a private folder only the requester can access, to which other individuals can upload files.

For more information on Dropbox folders, please see this Help Center article:

https://www.dropbox.com/help/files-folders/share-with-others

If you'd like to add an extra layer of security to your account I'd suggest you took a a look at our two step verification feature. With this enabled, Dropbox will require a six-digit code in addition to your email address and password when you sign in to Dropbox or link a new computer, phone, or tablet. To get started, go to the Security tab and click "Enable" under Two-step verification.

I hope this information helps Ed. Please let me know if you have any more questions too. 



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I am pretty sure that DropBox does not offer E2E encryption. In the end it's a personal decision but I would not use DropBox to send or store sensitive financial information. Tresorit, an alternative cloud storage provider, consistently scores the highest when security is looked at and that is why I chose it, because for me security was the number one priority.

For the situation you face an alternative would be to put your sensitive files into a folder on your computer and encrypt that folder to produce an encrypted disc image which is a single file. You can safely email that file to your accountant and share the password to it over the telephone or another secure means of your choosing. He or she can then access the files. This approach comes with zero cost and is extremely secure.

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Dropbox does not offer end to end encryption. There are a couple of options you can use to encrypt the files before storing the files to dropbox or any cloud storage service -

https://cryptomator.org

https://nuetzlich.net/gocryptfs/

Both of these work the same way. Files get scrambled before being saved in dropbox. And only you are able to unscramble the files on another device.

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