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Is there a way to secure selective sync?

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I have an account that I share between 3 computers. I set up my work computer to and a few "Work" folders sync on my work desktop. 

My problem is that anyone who gets on my work desktop can change the selective sync settings, and could theoretically download the rest of my stuff. This has never proven to be a problem, but I get more paranoid as security issues become more common.

Is there a way to password protect the dropbox setting, or require the password to be entered before changes in settings can be done?

I don't think there is but I thought I would ask, and maybe put the suggestion out there for the devs.


Hey there @MrMormegil  - welcome to our Community and thanks for sharing your thoughts and ideas about this with us.

I'm afraid you're correct that there's no such option at the moment so I will go ahead and log this as a feature request. Our dev team are always looking for users' input when creating the next versions of our app so I'll make them aware of your comments here.

In the meantime, you could uninstall the desktop app from the shared computer and access the account only from the website (preferably on an incognito instance) while 2 step authentication is always a good practice and would add an extra layer of security to your account in general. 

I know it's not much but I hope this helps to some extent. Please let me know if you have anything to add or ask; I'll be happy to follow up. 

PS: I moved your post under the 'Share an Idea' section of our Community so other users can find and upvote it too - I hope you don't mind. 

MrMormegil New member | Level 2
New member | Level 2

Your suggestion is what I have been doing for the last 6 months or so. Which does work for now.

I was just hoping something might have changed with the new round of updates. 

I think this would be a great feature, I will cross my fingers and hope it makes it onto the list. 

I also have another workaround that I don't love which is to have One Drive folder, that is inside my Dropbox folder on my home computer, so I end up syncing my syncing folder. But I would rather stay in dropbox if possible.