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Is it possible to password protect the Dropbox desktop folder?

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When we download Dropbox desktop folder onto our Computer, can it be made possible to password protect the folder?

Very simiulary you have to log into to access files online but anyone can access our files via the desktop dropbox folder. Can you add a password to the dekstop folder so no one can access our doccuments?


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Hi there @BFisher1991, thanks for reaching out to us here!

At the moment, it's not currently possible to add a password for the Dropbox desktop folder through the desktop app.

That being said, if you'd like to see this added as a feature, then I'd suggest sharing this in our dedicated area of the Community here. Others will be able to upvote the idea and share their support.

Sorry that I can't be of much more help with this, but let me know if you have any other questions.


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Re: Is it possible to password protect the Dropbox desktop folder?

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Hi @BFisher1991,

Your question is really reasonable! Unfortunately, Dropbox set restrictions on using underlying encryptions of the content 2 years ago. Anyway you can use encryption on top of Dropbox content still (using encryption containers). The container could be keep in sync like every other file and you can put inside this container, like in archive, all files containing sensitive information.

Currently, the only restrict exception, using underlying encryption, is on Linux, for eCryptFS. Using some workaround could be let other format work too. If your system is Linux, you are lucky. If not, try some containers format (like VeraCrypt, for example, or similar).

Hope this gives a direction.

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