You don't need a VPN: Dropbox lets you share files securely inside and outside your company without wasting time on slow, complicated VPN setups.
Why use a VPN? VPNs are one way to get secure remote access to your company file server. A VPN is just a private, encrypted tunnel through the internet between you and your company’s network. But configuring a VPN – not to mention ongoing training and maintenance – can be a huge undertaking, draining IT resources and money.
And if you’re connecting to a VPN, there’s the hassle of signing in with a special app every time, followed by a steady stream of frustration. Trouble connecting and reconnecting, interference with other network resources and slow connections are everyday occurrences.
Connecting to a file server via VPN is a multi-step process that can be irritating for even the most tech savvy of users. But Dropbox only requires a one-time installation and sign-in. Accessing files shared by team members is as easy as navigating through folders through our apps:
If you think you need a VPN, switching to Dropbox means less hassle all around. Using Dropbox is as easy as saving files to a folder, minimising the need for training and end user support. And our “user-first” design approach to admin tools means you’ll spend less time configuring software – and have more time for important, strategic projects.
With VPN file storage, sharing inside your company is difficult enough, but sharing outside your company can be downright impossible. File sharing with Dropbox, on the other hand, is as easy as clicking “Share” or copying and pasting a link. There’s no need to create accounts for every person that needs access to a file or folder. And Dropbox shared links stay up to date with the latest versions of your files.
No matter how your VPN is set up, it’s bound to slow down users’ connections. Dropbox comes with several features designed to speed up file transfers:
VPN security might be the top reason to use the technology for file sharing, but for many, it’s more trouble than it’s worth. Dropbox gives you the security you need to keep team data safe:
What is VPN, and what does a VPN do?
VPN stands for Virtual Private Network (VPN) that’s used to extend a private network across a public network. VPN lets users to share and receive content across shared or public internet connections as if their devices were logged on to the private network. This is useful for remote workers or regional offices that need to access files and information from a main headquarters’ network or servers.
Can I share files securely with a VPN?
Yes, you can share files securely with a VPN – but it’s not a hassle-free process. VPNs can increase privacy and security, but you can’t guarantee a completely anonymous online connection. To share files securely with a VPN first requires configuring a VPN, which can be a big undertaking involving IT resources and money. Then, you’ll need to make sure you’re connected to a VPN by signing in via specific software with special access permissions. Then, after those two conditions are met, you can actually share or receive the files you need.
How do I use Dropbox as a VPN alternative?
Using Dropbox as a VPN alternative can help alleviate frustration and save resources. With Dropbox as your central content hub, there’s no need to set up a VPN or grant access to individual users. Instead, all you need to do is store your files in Dropbox, and you can securely and quickly share them with whomever you want – even if they don’t have a Dropbox account. Learn more about how Dropbox keeps your files secure.
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