Dropbox is primarily a cloud service that lets you access all your files from any device, but a password manager is now also available from the same manufacturers. Learn how Dropbox Passwords work and how to keep passwords safe with it.

At the time of writing this, Dropbox Password remains in existence as a desktop app, but the functionality of this standalone program is being phased out and even support will be gone this year. Instead, there’s the eponymous new browser extension for Firefox, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and Safari. There is also a mobile version for Android, iPhone and iPad.

With the Free Basic account, you can store up to fifty login details and payment cards on up to three devices. Paid Dropbox account holders can store an unlimited number of passwords and codes on an unlimited number of devices.

zero knowledge

Get the Passwords mobile app from the Google Play Store for Android, from the Apple App Store for iPhone and iPad, and download the browser extension from their respective web stores. The extension suggests secure passwords, securely stores your passwords, and syncs them across all your devices. Password manager automatically fills in login details for websites and apps.

The app protects this data with zero-knowledge encryption. This means that only the end user can access their passwords. Even Dropbox employees cannot access this data.


After installing the extension, you must first sign in with your Dropbox credentials. Then Passwords asks if it can already retrieve the passwords you use on your favorite websites. Admin this way Google, Facebook, Apple, Linkedin, Netflix, Twitter etc. captures the passwords of the services.

In the mobile app, the gear icon allows you to set Dropbox Passwords to autofill usernames and passwords. And in the browser extension preferences in the tab Security You can enter a password to automatically lock the feature. This is double protection in case someone finds out your Dropbox password.

Unpair remotely

A few useful security tips for Dropbox later. You come home one evening and realize that you left your smartphone in a cafe. In a panic, you even remember your phone logging into Dropbox with sensitive information in addition to a few embarrassing selfies. If you have a paid Dropbox account, you can remotely unlink the device when the device is online.

Go to tab in online account settings Security and then you will get a list of all devices currently logged into your account. You can unlink any device from Dropbox by clicking the trash can. With a paid account, you can even remotely wipe Dropbox data. Files will only be deleted from your lost or stolen device or hard drive, not Dropbox.com.

5 Safes

In the online and mobile version of Dropbox, you have a vault called Vault that you can use to create an extra layer of security for your most sensitive files. Your Dropbox space will still be secured, you can even enable two-step verification, but you also need to enter a PIN to access the vault.

Plus, there’s an extra precaution that protects messy heads from their own sloppiness. If you forget to close the vault, it will automatically lock for 20 minutes on Dropbox.com and 3 minutes on the Dropbox mobile app.

If you enter the wrong code 10 times, you should contact the helpdesk. This feature is only available to Dropbox users with a Plus or Family subscription.

Source: Computer Totaal

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