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Dropbox now includes a password manager, and lets you sync any folder on your computer.

Dropbox just announced a number of new features to their personal plans, including:

  • A password manager that syncs via Dropbox, and auto-fills passwords on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, and Android, in private beta for Dropbox Plus users
  • A Vault with encrypted access to your most private files such as ID card scans
  • A Backup option to sync any folder you want on your computer with Dropbox on all Dropbox accounts, including free plans
  • Dropbox Family plans coming to share storage among up to 6 people; unclear whether this will be new plans, or a new feature on existing paid plans
  • Signature workflows with Dropbox’ HelloSign integration

https://blog.dropbox.com/topics/product-tips/new-dropbox-helps-manage-work-and-home

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heyCollab's avatar
2 years ago

Great move on Dropbox's part regarding backup option so sync, as it closely relates to their product's offering.

I'm having a hard-time understanding the Password manager? It seems Dropbox is trying to add features that would hopefully stick. Most browsers now have a password manager and there are dedicated password manager vaults, like 1Password. I'm not following how having a password manager relates to their product offering.

With this said, still love Dropbox and use it.

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@maguay (replying to @heyCollab )
2 years ago

Agreed: Syncing any folder expands Dropbox' core use case perfectly, and is needed now that Dropbox doesn't follow symlinks which was the older hacky way to get Dropbox to sync anything.

Password management does seem an odd addition, though. 1Password used to sync via Dropbox (and still can if you want), so perhaps that's where the idea came from, but doesn't seem to fit the core use-case of Dropbox. Also seems especially odd to add such an unrelated tool after acquiring and shutting down the popular Mailbox email app, when that originally seemed like their shot at building some kind of suite. Will be curious to see how long this is maintained.

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glassich's avatar
2 years ago

Huh, a password manager does seem like an odd choice for them, given the fact their are already plenty of similar options. I wonder if the plan on bringing anything new to this type of service (besides the Dropbox syncing, of course).

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@maguay (replying to @glassich )
2 years ago

Right! Perhaps a team password manager ... and then, one could potentially imagine them going into the identity management/Okta-type space perhaps? But that seems pretty far off from the original mission of syncing files.

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yingw787's avatar
2 years ago

This is interesting. I've found key/secret management to be a strong tie-in and argument for cloud services, but with the reward comes increased risk (e.g. data leaks and such), which would be amplified by the core nature of a password manager. I personally use Bitwarden, and I wanted to build out a tool to autorotate my passwords every six months, but Bitwarden does not provide access to secrets via API, only via GUI and local CLI.

Bitwarden is free to me, and I use Linux, and the UI/UX is IMHO terrific, so I'm not sure I would personally use this tool. But if your workflow is tightly coupled to DropBox and you don't have a password manager already, I can definitely see where this may be handy :)

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@maguay (replying to @yingw787 )
2 years ago

On the side of automatically rotating passwords, I think you could do that in 1Password locally on your computer with the 1Password CLI ... though of course that'd require switching password managers where I'd imagine you'd rather stick with Bitwarden.

Yeah, seems the ideal user of Dropbox' password manager would be someone who didn't already have a password manager, and this provides an easy free/bundled option. Can't imagine most people switching from an existing password manager today anyhow.

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bludrop's avatar
2 years ago

As someone who is still waiting for Dropbox to allow for saving Paper documents in the regular Dropbox (announced originally in October), I'm a bit skeptical about some of these new features. As people are saying here, the password manager doesn't make any sense - there are plenty of robust options out there, and it's not clear at all what the password manager adds...

Not sure if this was the case for others, too, but they also launched a new "app center"/store in their desktop app, yet clicking on it went to a 404 page, which is not a great look...

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@maguay (replying to @bludrop )
2 years ago

Great point on Dropbox Paper—I've never used it beyond testing it around launch because it never seemed to fit into the overall Dropbox ecosystem.

Though it's interesting they've acquired HelloSign. That does seem like it fits into the general idea of managing documents.

I just tried to open the App Center and looks like it's resolving at dropbox.com/apps. Interesting to see; doesn't feel focused enough, but there's potential there to try to grow Dropbox in the direction of managing document workflows.

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@bludrop (replying to @maguay )
2 years ago

Yes the deeper integration with HelloSign makes sense (interestingly they were testing their own signature add-on right before they acquired HelloSign...).

Hmm, the App Center still isn't working for me - maybe it's a bug (or related to my business account)?

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@maguay (replying to @bludrop )
2 years ago

Possibly? If you go directly to dropbox.com/apps in an Incognito/private window, does it open?

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