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Dropbox gets serious about business, introducing added security features

Dropbox gets serious about business, introducing added security features

Dropbox is busy cosying up with businesses, having recently introduced a new admin console giving company IT administrators “greater visibility and control over how their organisation uses Dropbox”. Now the cloud storage company is going one step further by introducing single sign-in, or SSO.

Dropbox is already used by two million businesses worldwide, including ourselves, to share and collaborate on files easily.

With SSO, the idea is that company employees sign-in once to a central identity provider like Active Directory, as they would normally, and from there be able to access Dropbox, and all their other business apps, without the need for repeat authentication.

For employees, it’s one less password to worry about. For companies, SSO brings added security benefits by entrusting their existing identity provider with authentication to Dropbox. One of the main gripes that companies have with cloud storage is security and Dropbox wants to address this.

With SSO, company IT administrators still have the same existing control and visibility of company Dropbox accounts, like viewing recent activity and controlling account access and user sessions.

Just to prove that Dropbox is serious about business, the company has rebranded its business-orientated service from ‘Dropbox for Teams’ to ‘Dropbox for Business’. A small change but one that makes a lot of sense considering its recent corporate approach.

Late last year Dropbox joined a host of other international companies and set up shop in Ireland’s capital, Dublin.

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