Does sharing a file on Dropbox give them access to other Dropbox stuff?
May 11, 2014 4:38 PM   Subscribe

I'm sharing a project with a colleague via Dropbox. I've followed the directions to do so. It's very simple. This sounds obvious, but I want to be sure and I can't find it explicitly stated in the Dropbox documentation. When this colleague has access to a particular folder, they don't (or can't) have access to my other Dropbox folders and files, right? Thank you.
posted by holdenjordahl to Computers & Internet (5 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Nope, you share folders only. Keep only what you want to share in that folder, and you'll be fine.
posted by bluedaisy at 4:45 PM on May 11, 2014 [2 favorites]

Thanks bluedaisy!
posted by holdenjordahl at 4:47 PM on May 11, 2014

If you create a shared link outside of the shared folder, only that file is shared, however it is shared with anyone that has that link.
posted by Aleyn at 5:41 PM on May 11, 2014 [1 favorite]

And the only security that a Dropbox shared link has is the obscurity of its random-looking URL. Once you've shared a Dropbox link, you've completely given up all control over who has access to the item it links to, because whoever you shared it with can pass it on to whoever they please.

Google Drive is a bit more secure in this regard, because you can make a shared item accessible only to people logged into Google with a specified account name.
posted by flabdablet at 7:27 AM on May 12, 2014 [1 favorite]

Flabdablet is right that a link to a file or folder can be shared with anyone. However, you can revoke the link from Dropbox's web interface if you no longer wish to share the item.
posted by brianogilvie at 9:49 AM on May 12, 2014

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