Dropbox is making its password manager service free for all. Starting in April, users on a free Basic plan will get access to Dropbox Passwords for no charge. The free version will offer the same zero-knowledge encryption as the paid version, meaning saved passwords are only accessible to you and no one else, not even Dropbox. There are a few caveats though.
Firstly, you can only store up to 50 passwords at once. If you go over that limit, you’ll have to subscribe to a Dropbox Plus plan that costs $11.99 per month ($19.99 per month for a Professional account). The company is also limiting syncing of passwords on up to three devices only. Plus users don’t have such a limit.
Dropbox is making its password manager service free for all users
Dropbox introduced its password manager service in August last year. Available only to paying users until now, the service lets users store an unlimited number of passwords in an encrypted form. The saved passwords sync across all your devices, meaning 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 the login credentials for a website if they aren’t already saved.
The company is now bringing this password manager to users in the free tier as well, albeit with some caveats. However, the limit of 50 passwords seems like a thoughtful strategy to try and steer you toward a paid plan. There’s an extremely high probability that most of us have hundreds of online accounts that require a password. Pretty much everything from social media and streaming services to banking and cloud services are password protected.
It’s not like it will cost Dropbox more money to store more than 50 passwords. So it’s more about attracting customers toward its service. After all, something is always better than nothing. Moreover, Dropbox’s move comes at a time when rival service LastPass is restricting some features for free users. Security researcher Mike Kuketz has even recommended against using LastPass. It apparently uses some trackers that make the service open to security vulnerabilities.
In addition to making Dropbox Passwords free for all, the company has also announced a new password-sharing feature. It will allow users to securely share passwords to other accounts. It’s unclear how this feature would work though. Dropbox says the feature is “coming soon” and will be available to free users as well.
As said earlier, Dropbox Passwords will be available to free users in April this year, though the company hasn’t shared an exact date as yet. If you’re interested, then you can sign up to get notified when the service becomes available in a few weeks.