Dropbox has become a huge cloud storage platform over the years. Dropbox has around 600 million users by the end of 2020. Cloud storage is the most efficient data storage because of its easy accessibility. However, security over your files is always a concern.
Password protecting Dropbox folder is a great way to secure it. But how to password protect a Dropbox folder you ask? Here I have given a complete guide on securing your Dropbox folder by adding a password.
Why Password Protection Is Important?
Many ask, why password protection is important on Dropbox? It is important as it makes sure that only the intended person has the access to the saved files. Let’s say, someone whom you don’t want to give access to your files, gets the shared link of the files from somewhere.
This means that the other person can now access it. If you had password protected the file, even with the shared link the person would need to know the correct password in order to access it.
How To Password Protect Dropbox Folder?
Here I have discussed how you can better secure your Dropbox account by adding a password to it. Other than that, I have further discussed other effective security measures that will add more layers to your Dropbox account.
So, how to password protect a Dropbox folder? Here are the steps you need to follow:
- Sign-in to your Dropbox account from any browser.
- Click on the Share option, located beside the name of the file or folder you want to share.
- Select the Link Settings option.
- Check the Only people with the password option. This will only allow the users with the password to access the file, even if they have the shared link.
- Now, in the Set a password section, enter the password you want to use for protecting the file with the shared link.
- Select the Save settings option to save all the changes.
- Send the shared link, which is now password protected.
How To Better Secure Your Dropbox Folder?
Now that you have learned how to password protect your Dropbox folder, here are other methods for securing it further.
Adding passwords over the shared links is a good way for protecting them, however, there is no such thing as secure enough. To further secure the shared links, you can set an expiration date on them. This way, once the shared link expires, no one can access the shared file. To set it, follow the steps given below:
- Sign-in to your Dropbox account.
- Click on the All Files option in the left panel.
- Hover the mouse over the file you want to share and click on the Share icon (person). A window will appear on your screen.
- Click on the Settings option.
- In the settings window, turn on the Expiration toggle.
- Set the date the link expires. Remember that the link will expire at 11:59 PM on the selected date, based on your selected time zone.
- Click on Save to save the new settings.
2) Set Two Factor Authorization
Setting up the two-factor authorization is one of the best ways for protecting your Dropbox account. After setting up two-factor authorization, even if your account password is compromised, others won’t be able to access your account without having access to your smartphone.
To set two-factor authorization, follow the steps given below:
- Sign-in to your Dropbox account.
- Click on your profile picture and select the Settings option.
- Select the Security tab and turn on the Two-step verification toggle.
If you find a message “Managed by single sign-on” you won’t be able to set up a two-factor authentication because your team uses single sign-on (SSO).
- Click on Get Started option and re-enter your account password.
- Select how you want to get your security code. Whether from a text message or mobile app.
So, there you have it. Now you know how to password protect Dropbox folder. If you have any questions regarding this topic, ask them in the comment section below.