This dialog box is used to give Dropbox additional permissions to your computer, which enables certain Dropbox features, including:
Without these additional permissions, you would not have access to these features, or to other new features that may require these permissions in the future.
No. Dropbox cannot see, receive, or share your computer password in any way. Entering your computer username and password in this dialog box simply gives Dropbox the permissions it needs to enable these features.
No. This is an Apple system dialog box, not a dialog from Dropbox. Mac OS X requires password authentication for changes to certain permissions, and this dialog box is a standard way for a Mac OS X app to ask for your permission.
Yes, you can choose to click Cancel rather than approving these additional permissions. However, this means that the Dropbox features listed above will not function on your computer. If you don’t give your approval, you will be asked to enter your username and password again the next time you start or restart Dropbox.
You may have noticed a listing for Dropbox under the list of Accessibility apps on your computer. Dropbox requires Mac OS X Accessibility for some of its features to work properly.
These additional permissions also enable Accessibility access.
Dropbox uses Apple Mac OS X Accessibility permissions to function properly. Specifically, we use Accessibility APIs for the Dropbox badge (part of Microsoft Office integrations).
When installing Dropbox, you will see a dialog requesting Accessibility permissions:
Note: If you click the minus sign "-" without unchecking the box, your changes will not take effect until you restart Dropbox.
Like all installed apps, we ask you to approve the privileges that we actively use. Unfortunately, some Mac OS X permissions aren't as detailed as we'd like. This means that multiple permissions can be included in the same approval dialog.
Dropbox does explicitly ask for permission to access Accessibility on macOS Sierra (10.12) and above. In the coming weeks, we will explicitly ask for user permission on Mac OS X (10.11) and below.
At this time, if you disable Dropbox Accessibility the change is overridden the next time you restart your computer.
We're aware that this is not ideal, and we want to do a better job with how we ask for permissions. Our team is working to change the fact that Accessibility permissions for Dropbox are re-added when you restart your computer.
The latest version of the Dropbox desktop app introduces a more explicit permissions flow for the latest version of macOS. And we'll soon be bringing similar behavior to previous versions of Mac OS X.