Dropbox has a secret new password manager

 Dropbox has a secret new password manager

Dropbox offers cloud storage and collaborative document creation tools and based on an Android app in private beta, looks to expand its offerings with a new password manager.

Even though you can technically download and install Dropbox Passwords, since it is in private beta, it won’t operate unless you were invited to the private beta. Based on the app images on the Play Store listing, the app looks clean, has website icons for each password. Based on the image below, it looks like they will offer a macOS app as well given the classic red-yellow-green macOS UI.

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“Dropbox Passwords (beta) provides password security by storing all your passwords in one secure place, then fills in usernames and passwords so you can instantly sign in to websites and apps. You can easily create and store unique, secure passwords as you sign up for new accounts, according to the app listing description. Never get locked out of your accounts again. Using this new password keeper from Dropbox, you can sign in to your favorite banking, streaming, and e-commerce sites and apps—you can even shop and checkout securely.”

Features:

  • Sign in to apps and websites with one click
  • Store passwords as you sign in to sites and apps
  • Access your passwords from anywhere with automatic syncing to all your devices

Security

“Passwords secures your credentials with zero-knowledge encryption, so your passwords are protected from hacks and only accessible by you.”

Based on the limited information in this app listing, we don’t see any mention of features like a browser password import tool or support for 2-factor authentication or platform support beyond Android and macOS. As for the aforementioned platform omissions above it is table stakes in this space to be completely cross platform. Password Managers such as Enpass are on every platform including Linux.

In order for many password managers to sync your library of passwords and autofill’s from one device to another they utilize your choice of cloud providers. A cloud storage provider like Dropbox getting into password managers makes sense in that respect. While names like Enpass, 1Password and LastPass may not be instantly recognizable to everyone, Dropbox certainly is, which could go a long way in getting subscribers to sign up for its services in the first place.

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