UPDATE: Dropbox today officially unveiled Dropbox Passwords as part of a suite of security-focused features geared toward those now working from home.
Passwords is now open to Dropbox Plus users in private beta and available on Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android devices. “Passwords secures your credentials with zero-knowledge encryption, so your passwords are protected and only accessible by you,” the company says.
Dropbox Passwords (Image: Dropbox)
Also available in public beta to Plus users is Dropbox Vault, a secure online storage option for sensitive documents. “Vault provides an extra layer of security for all your important personal files like insurance cards, passports, and housing documents,” Dropbox says. “Files are organized in the cloud and accessible from any device.”
A computer backup feature, meanwhile, will automatically back up folders on your PC or Mac, to your Dropbox folder. Those with Dropbox Basic, Plus, and Professional plans can check it out out in beta. Dropbox will also integrate its HelloSign e-signature product into Dropbox in the coming weeks; sign up to get notified when it launches.
Finally, the new Dropbox Family plan lets six people share 2TB of storage across individual accounts. It’s currently being beta tested with select Dropbox users and will roll out “more broadly throughout the year,” Dropbox says.
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Dropbox is best known as an online storage and file hosting company, but its latest venture switches the focus to security with a password manager that secures all online accounts.
As Android Police reports, a new app has appeared in Google Play called Dropbox Passwords. It’s free to download, but is listed as “Invite Only (Early Access),” so it won’t work unless Dropbox sends you an invite.
The main features of the app include offering “one secure place” for all your passwords and allowing one-click sign-in for any app or website. As you’d expect from Dropbox, stored passwords will be synchronized across all the devices you use, so you’ll be able to quickly log in to any account from anywhere. Because of this feature, we have to assume Dropbox intends to bring this app to iOS, as well as Windows 10, macOS, and Linux.
The app blurb says, “Never get locked out of your accounts again. Using this new password keeper from Dropbox, you can sign in to your favorite banking, streaming, and e-commerce sites and apps—you can even shop and checkout securely.” It also references using “zero-knowledge encryption,” which means even though Dropbox is offering to store your passwords on its servers, it has no access to them and no idea what they are.
Users are spoiled for choice when it comes to selecting a password manager, with well-known options including LastPass, Dashlane, Keeper, Zoho Vault, 1Password, and BitWarden, to name but a few. Dropbox has good name recognition and over 12 million paying customers, so it can hit the ground running if this turns out to be a premium service. Alternatively, it could end up being another feature unlocked by subscribing to Dropbox.