Dropbox

Dropbox is a cloud data storage service that is widely used by Princeton researchers.  A Princeton-managed Dropbox service is available to faculty, staff and graduate students in academic departments.

Princeton Dropbox users get a Dropbox Business account that includes an initial quota of 1 TB, with more available on request, and encrypted storage and transmission of data.  These enhanced accounts are associated with Princeton University email addresses and passwords and use Duo two-factor authentication.

Princeton University managed Dropbox accounts may be used to store University data that is classified as “Confidential”, “Unrestricted within Princeton”, or “Public” according to the University Information Security Policy.  “Restricted” data may not be stored in Dropbox accounts.

Access to files in Dropbox is either through a web browser or by installing a program that automatically synchronizes a folder on a laptop or desktop computer with a Dropbox cloud account.  The contents of the folder are then available on the computer or from the web. Dropbox synchronization programs are available for Windows, MacOS, and Linux computers and for iOS and Android devices.

Features

  • Access files from anywhere with an internet connection
  • Available for Macintosh, Windows and Linux computers
  • 1 TB storage quota – expandable on request
  • Easy sharing with non-Dropbox users
  • Simultaneous desktop access to both Princeton and personal accounts

 

Requesting an account

Use the SN@P Dropbox Account Request form to request an account. The form must be filled out by the user requesting the account. Only Princeton faculty, graduate students and staff in academic departments are eligible for accounts. For special cases such as service accounts, include an explanation in the comment field on the form.

Installing Dropbox

For Windows:

If you have administrator access to your computer, then simply follow the prompts in your invitation email to download and install the client.  You can also download the client by browsing to the Dropbox install page

For Macintosh:

If you have administrator access to your computer, then simply follow the prompts in your invitation email to download and install the client.  You can also download the client by browsing to the Dropbox install page

Converting a Personal Dropbox to a Princeton Dropbox