Dropbox is making its password manager free for Basic accounts in April, but there's a catch. Dropbox Passwords, the feature the company launched for paid accounts last June, will limit free users to just 50 passwords.
With the average person holding 90 or more password-protected accounts, a good chunk of free users will have to store at least 40 logins elsewhere. Some Dropboxers will make a "Sophie's choice" involving their favourite services — Netflix or Spotify? Facebook or Twitter? DoorDash or Uber Eats?
The free version of Dropbox Passwords certainly won't benefit teams. Business employees, on average, keep track of an eye-watering 191 passwords each — that's 141 more than Dropbox's limit for Basic customers.
Luckily, there's an alternative password management solution.
TeamPassword lets business teams share unlimited logins and passwords across unlimited devices. Sign up here for a free trial!
What Changes Will Dropbox Make in April?
Dropbox Passwords currently lets Plus and Professional users sync unlimited passwords across devices and log in to websites and apps without remembering their credentials. But from April, Dropbox will roll out its password manager to all accounts.
There will be a limit of 50 passwords for Basic users, and those who want to store more logins will need to upgrade their accounts.
When extended to Basic users, Dropbox Passwords won't be the first free password manager with restrictions. Recently, LastPass imposed a device limit on its free users. Since March, those with basic accounts can only view and manage passwords on their laptop or smartphone, but not both. (Dropbox will let Basic users sync passwords across three devices.)
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As Dropbox, LastPass, and countless other providers look to monetise their services, perhaps the sun is setting on the freemium password management model.
There are increasingly fewer options for teams. Still-free (for now) password managers like Roboform and Dashlane don't cater to business users, even though these professionals, many of whom are still working from home, require a flexible password management solution that improves collaboration, communication, and cooperation.
Are you looking for a Dropbox alternative that benefits business teams? TeamPassword is the all-in-one solution for shared logins and passwords.
Unlike Dropbox Passwords for Basic accounts, TeamPassword stores unlimited passwords and, unlike the free version of LastPass, syncs passwords across unlimited devices. But perhaps its biggest benefit is its exclusivity for teams. Start-ups, scale-ups, agencies, and multinational brands of all sizes use TeamPassword to share logins and keep projects moving.
TeamPassword implements security that benefits businesses, not individuals, with encryption, two-step verification, audit logging, and vulnerability sweeps for employees that use multiple devices and internet connections.
Plus, teams have specific features, such as password sharing, activity logging, and notifications that alert users when new members access logins. Finally, there are all the perks one would expect from a password manager of this calibre, such as multi-browser support and a unique password generator that randomises passwords.
Read more: Why Do I Need a Password Manager?
Dropbox will make its password manager free for all users in a few weeks, but it's not a big a deal as the company thinks it is. While a free service that stores up to 50 passwords might benefit college students and casual internet users, teams need far more flexibility than Dropbox can provide.
TeamPassword is the No.1 password manager for teams like yours, with an enormous suite of features designed for business users. Improve collaboration, communication, and co-operation with a scalable solution for shared logins. Sign up for TeamPassword's free trial now.