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Use Dropbox to store files and collaborate
August 4, 2016
Jess Archer
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Information Systems and Technology (IS&T) provides Dropbox for Business to the MIT community at no charge. If you’ve never used Dropbox before, it’s definitely worth checking out. If you have a personal Dropbox account already, you can link it with an MIT account and enjoy additional benefits. You can also have a personal Dropbox and an MIT Dropbox simultaneously and choose not to link them.

Never used Dropbox?

Dropbox is a cloud-based file storage system that enables easy collaboration and sharing. With an MIT Dropbox for Business account you can:

  • Share folders with colleagues and friends via links and give them editing permissions
  • Store an unlimited number of files
  • Recover deleted files
  • Access your files on multiple devices: computers, smartphones, and tablets are all supported and files are synced automatically
  • Login easily with Touchstone when using Dropbox in a browser (dropbox.com).

Already using Dropbox?

Important! If your personal Dropbox account is registered to an MIT email address, you will need to create a new personal account. If you do not, files will be moved from your personal to your enterprise account. For more information, see the Knowledge Base (KB) article, MIT Dropbox for Business Initial Set Up. This article also details how to link your accounts.

Linking your personal and enterprise Dropbox accounts does not grant colleagues access to your personal Dropbox account. Read more about this in the Dropbox Help Center. If you choose not to link your accounts, you will still be able to access both accounts on one machine.

Sign up and take a tour

To register for Dropbox see How do I request an MIT Dropbox account? in the Knowledge Base (KB).

If you would like to learn more about Dropbox for Business, this helpful video by Dropbox will introduce you to the service and give you some pointers on how to use it. You may also want to watch the video on new productivity tools in Dropbox. If you’re interested in a Dropbox course, check out Up and Running with Dropbox at lynda.mit.edu.