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Selective Sync and security on shared PCs

Explorer | Level 3

Hello and congratulations for your software, as it is the best of its kind.
I would like to propose an additional feature though. One reason for someone (like me) to use selective sync (or an additional account) is the possibility to use dropbox on an shared pc account. Like in work environments. Or where PC security isn't guaranteed (windows' user account security is just rubbish...). So,  someone who just want his work files to be synced in his work PC, chooses selective sync.
But, while he is logged in, everyone who access this PC could, without any verification, modify which folders would sync and add personal folders in synced ones and thus gain access to personal data!
So, the feature i would like to propose is to password protect the selection of sync folders, as this could enhance data security in environments where shared PCs are used, without the need for additional dropbox accounts to occur.

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6 Comments
Super User alumni Richard P.
Super User alumni

This comes up often, and the sad fact of reality is that if your computer isn't secure then there is no point in securing individual apps on top, because anyone can install a simple memory debugging tool and read the passwords or certificates as they are used.

If you can't trust the security of your Windows account from casual snoopers, then you can't trust any password Dropbox could request.

Helias V.
Explorer | Level 3

That's true. But this is not an argue against some extra protection...

Also, I am basely referring to shared PCs (with one shared account), which is quite common in work environments.

Super User alumni Richard P.
Super User alumni

Also, I am basely referring to shared PCs (with one shared account), which is quite common in work environments.

And is precisely the thing which needs to be beaten out of companies completely.  You can't trust that PC at all if anyone can install stuff on it.

Computer accounts cost nothing, they should be used.

But this is not an argue against some extra protection...

It actually is, because you arent getting any extra protection at all, just the thought that you are.

Helias V.
Explorer | Level 3

because you arent getting any extra protection at all

Actually, i get full protection from anyone else work on my PC... The vast majority of population does not know how to steal a key from RAM. But the vast majority of everyone who uses DropBox may easily customize the selection of folders that are synced...

Shaker A. New member | Level 2
New member | Level 2

I would like to add on this. I agree with locking out people from selective sync is a great idea. What I would like to see is also administratively control selective sync. For example, I think it would be great if the owner of the shared folder can control what selectively syncs to whoever joined the shared folder.

File A. New member | Level 1
New member | Level 1

I'd also like to see something like this...As well, I'd like to see a system that has selective sync enabled NOT pull down new folders in the root level by default.

If I've set it to pull things selectively, I want new folders to be opt-in, not opt-out.

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