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Is it possible to remote wipe a device just after I unlinked it?

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Is it possible to remote wipe a device just after I unlinked it?

I lost my laptop and want to remote wipe the Dropbox folder.

 

However I foolishly unlinked it before I knew about the remote wipe feature. Am I screwed?

 

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Re: Is it possible to remote wipe a device just after I unlinked it?

Remote wipe, which is available to Plus and Business accounts, can only be done when unlinking a device from your account. If you've already unlinked it, it's too late. There's no longer a connection between the device and Dropbox, so Dropbox has no way of telling it to remove the files.


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Super User II

Re: Is it possible to remote wipe a device just after I unlinked it?

Remote wipe, which is available to Plus and Business accounts, can only be done when unlinking a device from your account. If you've already unlinked it, it's too late. There's no longer a connection between the device and Dropbox, so Dropbox has no way of telling it to remove the files.


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Re: Is it possible to remote wipe a device just after I unlinked it?

If I can't remote wipe a device because I didn't know about that option before I removed it, does that mean the owner of that device still has access to the files they originally had access to?
Super User II

Re: Is it possible to remote wipe a device just after I unlinked it?

Yes. If the files were on the device, and they have access to the device, then they have access to the files still on it.

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