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Dropbox boosts cloud storage controls for shared business files

12 Feb 2013
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Dropbox has updated its group service, Dropbox for Teams, to give IT administrators more control and visibility over cloud-hosted files.

Updates include the ability for admins to create downloadable activity reports and set sharing controls for user's accounts. The move continues Dropbox's push make its offerings more appealing to IT chiefs.

"People at over two million businesses and 95 percent of Fortune 500 companies are using Dropbox - from law firms working with their clients to international businesses staying in sync across the world," wrote Dropbox software engineer Emil Ibrishimov in a blog post.

"Today, we're launching a completely redesigned admin console and new sharing controls to help Dropbox for Teams admins manage their group."

The updated version of Dropbox for Teams includes the ability for admins to view recent activity, third-party app usage and web session information for all members in a given team.

Admins will be able to filter that information by logins, passwords, apps, devices, and members using the revamped admin console. Dropbox's reworked offering also includes the ability to set a team members access to files on a case-by-case basis.

Security has also been revamped, as admins can now require team members to use two-step verification on a member-by-member basis. Dropbox originally released its two-step verification system last year after a password breach occurred late last year.

Dropbox's updates attempt to put the firm's service in the same field as competitor's enterprise solutions. Last year, its cloud storage competitor Box released a slew of security and app integration tools aimed at increasing usability within the IT field.

Dropbox for Teams is currently available to firms for a starting price of $795 a year for up to five team members and 1TB of storage space.

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