Dropbox woos enterprise IT with new admin and security tools

Dropbox for Teams lets admins monitor, control how members connect to file-sharing service and which documents they can share

Several file-sharing companies have been billed as "Dropbox for the enterprise." Turns out Dropbox wants that title as well. The company has made that point clear as it has rolled out features aimed at alleviating IT departments' skepticism of the service's viability and trustworthiness in a corporate setting.

Dropbox's latest bid in wooing IT professionals is a new admin panel and sharing controls for Dropbox for Teams, the company's file-sharing service aimed at teams of users in a corporate environment. The update adds new tools for managing team members, monitoring activity, controlling permissions, and boosting security.

The new admin console is designed to provide a panel for managing team members. For starters, admins have the ability to add or remove members -- and create new admins for a group, according to Dropbox. Any change in Active Directory is automatically reflected in the team Dropbox.

Further, the console provides admins with the ability to view team member details, including quota usage, recent activity, Web sessions, which devices and third-party apps are linked, and whether two-step verification is enabled. Admins also can terminate end-users' Web sessions and unlink apps and devices on their behalf.

Dropbox woos enterprise IT with new admin and security tools

Dropbox also provides admins the ability to view teamwide activity via the Activity tab, such as when members log in to accounts, invite new members, or link to third-party apps or devices. Admins can generate reports on a team's activities and filter by log-ins, invites, devices, and apps.

Dropbox woos enterprise IT with new admin and security tools

Additionally, Dropbox for Teams now enables admins to require two-step verification, meaning members must enter both a password and a unique six-digit code to log in to their account.

Also new: the ability to set sharing permissions for teams. Admins can determine whether users are allowed to share folders and links outside of the team. They also can grant users the ability to determine sharing levels for individual folders and links. What's more, admins can set folder privacy at the account level for their teams, and they can choose whether to allow team members to share and receive folders with users outside the team.

Finally, admins can now access billing history through the Account tab and track transactions, view migration credits, download invoices, and see how many licenses the team has left.

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