Dropbox offers several ways to keep your files secure, including two-step verification and the Dropbox security app. However, one of the easiest ways to add an extra layer of protection to your data is by using Dropbox Vault, which stores all your sensitive files in an encrypted folder that’s separate from your main Dropbox account. This makes it more difficult for hackers to gain access to them. Here’s how you can set up and use Dropbox Vault.
Step 1) Upload all your sensitive files
If you’re like most people, you have sensitive files that you don’t want to lose or have fall into the wrong hands. Dropbox Vault is the perfect solution for keeping these files safe and secure. First, create a folder in your computer’s Documents folder called Vault. Upload all of your sensitive files into this folder. Next, set up two-step verification on your account to make sure only you can access the Vault folder. Lastly, sync the vault folder with Dropbox so it’s backed up online as well as locally. Now your documents are fully protected! Even if someone got access to your computer, they wouldn’t be able to get past the two-step verification. Plus, everything is backed up automatically in case anything happens.
Step 2) Create a password
One of the most important steps you can take to secure your sensitive files is to create a strong password. Dropbox Vault uses industry-leading encryption to protect your files, but a strong password is the first line of defense against hackers. For more on passwords, check out our blog post about how to create and use strong passwords for all your accounts. You should also turn on two-factor authentication and set up notifications for suspicious activity on your account in order to stay safe. Turn on two-factor authentication by going to Settings > Security and follow the prompts. Turn on notification settings so that you’ll be notified if someone logs into your account from an unrecognized device or IP address. Finally, delete any old accounts that are no longer used, because those will only serve as potential avenues for hackers to access your data!
Step 3) Download all your important data
If you’re like most people, you have sensitive files that you don’t want to lose or have fall into the wrong hands. Dropbox Vault is the perfect solution for keeping these files safe and secure. It’s a password-protected folder in your Dropbox where you can store anything from photos of your kids to tax documents. You can share it with other people, so they can keep copies of your data backed up offsite. Or if you need to do some quick editing on the go, but don’t want others to see what you’re working on, just open it in the mobile app without giving anyone else access. To learn more about how Dropbox Vaults works read this blog post.
Step 4) Use it as you wish
If you’re looking for a way to secure your sensitive files, Dropbox Vault is the best option. It’s a free service that allows you to store your files in an encrypted format. Plus, it’s easy to use and you can access your files from anywhere. All you need to do is install the application on your computer and then create a new folder inside of it where all of your encrypted files will be stored. Once this folder has been created, all of the contents within will be automatically decrypted and converted into unreadable text by default. In order to open any file within this folder, simply double-click on it or right-click on it and select Open. You’ll notice a pop-up window asking if you want to decrypt the file and convert it back into readable text before opening. You’ll also see Yes as the only available answer (unless there are multiple options). Simply click on Yes and then wait until the process is complete before opening up your file.