Dropbox for Business users will soon be able to have both their work Dropbox and personal Dropbox on the same computer or mobile device. Team members will be able to keep their personal stuff separate from their work stuff, yet access it all from the same place.
The reality today is that people try to get both work and personal stuff done using the same computers, tablets, and smartphones. By pairing a personal Dropbox with a work Dropbox, users will be able to keep their data separate and available at all times. That means that IT admins can have more tools to manage and protect company data without the complexities and hassles of dealing with an individual's personal files. It also means users can access personal stuff more easily.
On a computer, the personal Dropbox and work Dropbox will be two separate folders. Team members will be able to use these folders like they would any other folder on the computer. The work Dropbox will display the company's name so that users can tell the folders apart.
On a mobile device and the Dropbox website, team members will be able to quickly switch back and forth between views of their personal Dropbox and work Dropbox without having to sign out and sign in each time.
Users need to have both a Dropbox for Business account and a personal Dropbox account. When new team members are invited to Dropbox for Business, they'll be able to connect their personal Dropbox to their work Dropbox. For users who don't have a personal Dropbox yet, they'll be able to create one during the setup process.
Users will first connect the two Dropboxes on the website, then they'll link both Dropboxes to a computer or mobile device.
Yes. Admins will be able to determine whether personal Dropboxes can be linked to work devices. This will give admins control over whether users can store personal data at work, or vice versa.
The personal Dropbox will function differently from the work Dropbox in this respect.
Dropbox gives admins various tools to manage the Business account and protect company data. Admins will be able to apply these tools to work Dropboxes. For example, an admin will be able to see the login and sharing activity for files and folders in work Dropboxes to notify team members of any suspicious activity and ensure the proper handling of company data. Admins will also be able to remote wipe any lost or stolen devices of any work data. If a user leaves the company, the admin will be able to deactivate the person's work Dropbox, transfer the work data to another team member, and remote wipe it from computers.
By contrast, this feature is not designed to give admins visibility or control over personal Dropboxes—other than whatever control or visibility they may already have over company-managed devices.
As always, it's a good idea for users to check with their admin about policies and procedures when it comes to putting personal data on company-managed devices.
Deactivating or remote wiping a work Dropbox will have no effect on a user's personal Dropbox, either online or locally on a device.
Yes. They'll be able to disconnect their Dropboxes at any time using the Dropbox website.
Currently, the ability to remote wipe is only available for the work Dropbox (the Dropbox that's part of the Business account). However, both personal and work Dropboxes can be unlinked from any computer or mobile device.
All photos that are uploaded using the Camera Upload feature will go to the user's personal Dropbox.