Dropbox makes its password management service free for everyone. Starting in April, users of a free Basic plan will have free access to Dropbox passwords. The free version will offer the same unconscious encryption as the paid version, meaning that saved passwords are only accessible to you and no one else, not even Dropbox. There are a few caveats, however.
First, you can only store 50 passwords at a time. If you go over that limit, you’ll need to subscribe to a Dropbox Plus plan which costs $ 11.99 per month ($ 19.99 per month for a business account). The company also limits password synchronization to a maximum of three devices. In addition, users do not have such a limit.
Dropbox makes its password management service free for all users
Dropbox presented its password management service in August of last year. Available only to paid users so far, the service allows users to store an unlimited number of passwords in an encrypted form. Saved passwords sync across all of your devices, which means you can access them on mobile or desktop apps as well as from a browser extension. When you visit a website, it will automatically fill in your username and password. Needless to say, Dropbox Passwords will also prompt you to save login details for a website if they are not already saved.
The company now also offers this password manager to free tier users, but with a few caveats. However, the 50 password limit seems like a thoughtful strategy to try and steer you towards a paid plan. There is an extremely high probability that most of us have hundreds of online accounts that require a password. Almost everything from social media and streaming services to banking and cloud services is password protected.
It’s not like it costs Dropbox more to store 50+ passwords. It is therefore more a question of attracting customers to its service. After all, something is always better than nothing. Additionally, Dropbox’s move comes at a time when rival service LastPass is restrict certain features for free users. Security researcher Mike Kuketz even recommended against using LastPass. He apparently uses trackers which render the service open to security vulnerabilities.
In addition to making Dropbox passwords free for everyone, the company also ad a new password sharing feature. It will allow users to securely share passwords with other accounts. However, it is not clear how this feature would work. Dropbox says the feature “will be available soon” and will also be available to free users.
As previously reported, Dropbox Passwords will be available to free users in April of this year, although the company has yet to share an exact date. If you’re interested, you can sign up to be notified when the service becomes available in a few weeks.