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Get one step closer to your work with single sign-on

Posted by Alex Allain on May 21, 2013
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A few weeks ago, we told you about single sign-on (SSO), a feature that makes it even easier for admins to manage their team on Dropbox for Business. We’re thrilled to announce that as of today, SSO is officially available and ready to help you fit Dropbox into your existing systems, seamlessly.

To jog your memory, SSO lets users sign in just once to a central identity provider, like Active Directory, and securely gain access to all of their business apps. And because a company’s existing trusted identity provider is in charge of the authentication process, admins don’t have to worry about managing multiple applications. SSO helps with:

  • Streamlined management: SSO helps admins securely manage access to all company applications in one centralized place. In addition, SSO helps admins easily add and remove account access for team members.
  • Increased security: Any password policies that admins have established for the corporate network (change passwords every month, set password requirements to a certain length, etc.) will also be in effect for Dropbox through SSO.
  • Easier for your team: SSO limits the number of usernames and passwords employees have to remember in order to access their applications. Users now only have to enter their login credentials once, which provides a more unified experience.

Can’t wait to turn SSO on for your company? There are a couple of ways to begin.

Identity provider partners:

We’ve worked closely with identity provider partners including Ping Identity, OneLogin, Okta, Centrify and others to ensure that plugging Dropbox into the systems that businesses currently use is a snap.

Want to get started? Learn more about using SSO with one of our identity provider partners.

“As the cloud becomes the world’s repository for information, we’re excited to work with Dropbox to deliver the enterprise-grade identity management and security that companies need to know their information is safe.”
Andre Durand
CEO, Ping Identity

SAML support:

Dropbox also integrates with any large identity management system (or proprietary system) that supports the SSO industry standard, SAML (Security Assertion Markup Language). Check out how to set up a custom provider.

Head to the Authentication tab in the Dropbox admin console to get set up:


Authentication in Dropbox for Business Admin Console
If you have questions, visit our help center or contact sales@dropbox.com.

Coming soon to a Dropbox for Business near you: Single sign-on (SSO)

Posted by Anand Subramani on April 10, 2013
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A couple months ago, we introduced a new admin console that gives administrators greater visibility and control over how their organization uses Dropbox. Well, the engine(er)s have been churning since then, and now we’re stoked to announce one of the features most requested by our customers, particularly larger businesses: single sign-on, or SSO.

SSO in a nutshell

SSO works behind the scenes to let users sign in just once to a central identity provider, like Active Directory, and securely access all their business apps, like Dropbox. With SSO, companies can put their existing trusted identity provider in charge of the authentication process.

For users, SSO means ease — one fewer password to remember and one fewer step to get to your work. Once logged in to your system, there’s no need to sign in to Dropbox separately. For IT admins, SSO means additional security and administrative management. Single sign-on gives you complete ownership of the authentication process and works with your company’s existing password policies. It also easily ties into the existing Dropbox provisioning and de-provisioning API to provide further Active Directory integration.

Single sign-on? Sign me up!

We’re excited to be working with a great set of identity provider partners — including Ping Identity, Okta, OneLogin, Centrify, and Symplified — to bring SSO to our customers next month. And since we’re using the industry-standard Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML), this implementation of single sign-on integrates easily with any large identity provider your company may use that also supports SAML. Or, if you’ve gone ahead and built your own SAML-based federated authentication process, it will work with Dropbox too.

Say hello to Dropbox for Business

With all the changes we’re making to create a Dropbox that’s better for companies both large and small, it’s become clear that the name ‘Dropbox for Teams’ doesn’t quite fit anymore. To better rep the features we’re building and the awesome companies that use Dropbox to create, share, and save their most important work, we realize the time has come to rename to Dropbox for Business. But some things will never change — we still think a good picture can say it better than we ever could:

Dropbox for Business_graphic

We can’t wait to make Dropbox even better for your business.

Collaborating with Dropbox: Shared Folders vs. Links

Posted by Sheila Vashee on October 31, 2012
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We love hearing from people about how sharing folders and links helps them collaborate more effectively with their team members. Since there are different advantages to sharing a folder versus sending a link, below are a few tips that will help you choose the best way to share.

When to share a folder:

Let’s say your group has a big client meeting next week and everyone is working together to prepare. Several team members are making edits to the presentation, working on different spreadsheets, and saving large video files. Rather than managing multiple versions of your files and emailing attachments back and forth—share a folder!

 

When you share a folder with your colleagues, it feels like you’re sharing a computer. All of your project files will be in one central place and any member of the folder can save changes directly to the shared copy in an instant.

When to send a link:

It’s the night before the big meeting and you’re ready to send the client a preview of the work you’ve done. The files are very large, so rather than try to zip and send as an email attachment—send a read-only link!

 

With a Dropbox link, your clients can view or download the latest version in seconds, even if they don’t have a Dropbox account. And you don’t need to worry about re-sending the file if you notice a typo. Just update your file and the latest version is available at the original link, automatically.

Whether you want to share folders to collaborate or send links to show your stuff to others, Dropbox has you covered at work, from start to finish!

 

Welcome to the Dropbox at Work blog!

Posted by Anna-Christina Douglas on October 02, 2012
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Millions of people use Dropbox for work, from freelance designers to real estate agents to entire companies on Dropbox for Teams. Today, we’re excited to launch the Dropbox at Work blog as a new way to share ideas and help your team make the most of Dropbox.

On this blog, you can look forward to Dropbox for Teams product updates, new feature announcements, and examples of how businesses are using Dropbox today. We’ll even share tips and tricks to simplify your work day!

So stay tuned and happy Dropboxing!