Blog

Dropbox Adds View-Only Shared Folders To Seduce Stiff Enterprises

We sometimes get cautioned by commenters on this blog to not be too hard on our competition. That's why, after seeing this announcement in TechCrunch, I wanted to congratulate Dropbox.

By ownCloud GmbH

ownCloud secure cloud solution for filesharing

We sometimes get cautioned by commenters on this blog to not be too hard on our competition. And, while we don’t consider Dropbox to be a competitor (quite the opposite, Dropbox is the reason we exist) we do take those comments to heart. That’s why, after seeing this announcement in TechCrunch, I wanted to congratulate Dropbox.

“Dropbox’s new strategy is to be boring on purpose. That is, its top priority is filling holes in its security and permissions systems so it can convince big companies it’s not some consumer toy. So today it announced view-only shared folders that let anyone on a rigid, hierarchical team look at Word, PowerPoint and other files, but only allow “editors” to modify the files. Dropbox needs to get the boring stuff locked down so enterprises will take it seriously.”

It’s ok to be boring, really. You created a product that has revolutionized sharing and increased productivity ten-fold. Sure you may have caused security chiefs and IT departments some sleepless nights, but hey, they can always shut you off.

Anyway, read-only sharing is a great first step to letting those IT sleep at night — read/write permissions — are incredibly useful in an Enterprise with sensitive documents.

Now, they only need to implement update, delete and re-share permission, sharing auto expiring and the file firewall to catch up with the ownCloud enterprise access permission features.

Just sayin’.

ownCloud GmbH

July 3, 2014

Ready to see what’s next?

Having trouble viewing or submitting this form?

Contact Us

We care about protecting your data. Here’s our Privacy Policy.

Read now:

Welcome to the Infinite Scale Beta!

Welcome to the Infinite Scale Beta!

What a moment for ownCloud and our community! The very first beta version of Infinite Scale, the new cloud-native data platform developed by ownCloud, is available as of today!

read more
Comprehensive Encryption: Keeping sensitive data safe from prying eyes

Comprehensive Encryption: Keeping sensitive data safe from prying eyes

Cyber security is an area of burgeoning concern across the digital world. Over the last several years, companies, governments and individual users are grappling with an alarming increase in the variety and frequency of cybercrimes and threats. This calls for enhanced cybersecurity initiatives and high-end automation efforts to safeguard sensitive data from being illegally accessed, disrupted or disabled.

read more