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Is keeping a KeePass file in Dropbox safe? [closed]

Is it safe to keep KeePass password database file in Dropbox? Database can have long (14+ alpha, numeric, special character) password and local Key file on machine or on mobile which is not shared in ...
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Why can Dropbox be super fast compared to FTP?

I'd like to know why technically Dropbox is much faster than FTP? What kind of technology does it use? I'm not talking about diff files, I'm talking about transferring new files in both cases, ...
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How to find my stolen Macbook

A friend of mine just had her Macbook stolen. Her Dropbox account is still working on the Macbook, so she can see each time the Macbook comes online, and she can get its IP address. She has given ...
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How to exclude files(not folders) from dropbox sync?

I'm sync my Firefox profile folder using Dropbox, but there are several files that Firefox would change quite frenquently Folders: Cache, OfflineCache can be excluded Files: urlclassifier3.sqlite, ...
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How to let my friends upload their files to my Dropbox account?

I have a bunch of friends, and we will share our documents and photos. My original idea is that we can use "public folder" or "shared folder" in Dropbox so that each of us can easily upload photos to ...
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Is it safe to keep semi-sensitive information in Dropbox?

I wouldn't trust Dropbox with my bank details and such (because there are lots of people looking for that kind of information), but is it safe to keep things which might be valuable to a small number ...
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How do I automatically synchronize Google Docs with Dropbox?

I would like to be able to edit one of my Google Docs on another computer, save it online (not download it to that computer and upload it to Dropbox), and then be able to go back to my home computer ...
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How to configure Dropbox as a service

I'm a happy user of Dropbox, but I want to use it with my Windows Home Server. I would like to ask if it's possible to run it as a service. The default installation installs dropbox.exe in ...
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Is it secure to give someone my laptop with my Dropbox folder saved on it?

My laptop contains my Dropbox folder (under my account). I want to give this laptop to my friend for some time, and he will be using another account. Is it possible that: He will be able to access ...
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How to see which file Dropbox is currently uploading/downloading?

How can you see which file Dropbox is currently uploading (or downloading, I assume dropbox doesn't do both at the same time) ?
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Dropbox is slow and only uploads at fraction of download speed

I've started using Dropbox but I'm finding that my upload speeds are dropping down to the withering pace of 6Kb per second. I have checked my upload speed with speedtest.net and I get just under 1Mbs. ...
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Is there a way I can password protect a dropbox directory on my work pc?

I use dropbox a lot, and I'd like to start using my Dropbox account on my work PC, however I want to prevent anyone else from being able to access the files in my dropbox folder other than me on my ...
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What other tool is using my hotkey? [duplicate]

I use Greenshot for screenshots, and it's been nagging about some other software tool using the same hotkey. I started receiving this warning message about two days ago. It shows up each time I reboot ...
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.dropbox files, can they be deleted?

I use Dropbox on my Windows 7, OS X and on my mobile phone. Sometimes I see a file called .dropbox in my dropbox folders, can those files be deleted?
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How to avoid losing all my files when my Dropbox syncs to a compromised Dropbox account?

So I am trying to find a way to prevent a possible Dropbox doomsday scenario. Say someone gets my dropbox login credentials. They log into the Dropbox web interface as me. They delete all my files. ...
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How to install Dropbox in Windows 7 for all user accounts?

That's it. When installing Dropbox on my laptop it's only installed for my current user account, the other users can't see the shortcuts or use them (since logged in as another user the shortcuts ...
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how to download dropbox files using wget command?

Seems I can only download dropbox files using explorer such as chrome and firefox. If I use wget to download, then I would get a file which is in html format. Why? For example you can open this link ...
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Is there any P2P private file storage? [closed]

I would like to upload my private encrypted files to the cloud. However I don't want to rely on a company to do this, such as Dropbox. If I share it on a P2P network (such as using torrents) nobody ...
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How can I install DropBox without root privileges?

Is it possible to install Dropbox without root privileges in Linux? I've tried to install it at my university, using the sources found here, but I seem to need to enter the root password (which of ...
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Is it safe to store 1Password data file on DropBox?

I would like to know if it is safe to store the 1Password data file on DropBox? It can be safely assumed that there are a LOT of people already doing it without any negative security side effects, ...
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How do you get a public link to a file in Dropbox that isn't in a public folder?

In Dropbox's Android app, it is easy to grab a shareable link to any file, not just ones in a shared folder. Is there a way to get this link from Dropbox when I'm on Windows (or via the Web) without ...
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Transferring whole folders using Dropbox without the desktop app

Is there any way I can upload whole folders to my Dropbox account without the desktop application? I am syncing my home computer to a computer at university and the university computers do not allow ...
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Dropbox context menu missing in OS X

Problem My Dropbox context menu is missing in OS X Snow Leopard (10.6.8). While the Dropbox service runs normally, Finder doesn't show the icons and also doesn't give me the ability to browse files ...
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European alternatives to Dropbox? [closed]

Dropbox is positively brilliant, but the data center is probably in the US somewhere. Since I'm in Europe, there's plenty of lag and a poor upload rate. Are there any similar services using data ...
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Which Revision Control Software to use for Personal Dropbox?

I want to set up a sync repositiory that would be similar to Dropbox. Goals/Requirements: Free (Open Source very preferable) Linux host (probably Ubuntu) Windows/Mac/Linux clients Potential for ...
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How to sync only certain folders on Dropbox

I have a desktop machine with plenty of space with Dropbox set up. I also have a netbook with limited space. Is there any way to set up my netbook to sync only with certain folders in my Dropbox ...
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How do I change the Dropbox directory on a headless GNU/Linux server?

I have installed Dropbox 2.0.0 via command line on my home server (Ubuntu Server 12.04) to use for off-site automated backups, but I can't change the directory that the Dropbox daemon keeps synced. ...
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Something like Dropbox for local use with a NAS as storage server

I am looking for a solution to sync folder pairs between a NAS and multiple local macs. Each of the macs could edit files and the other macs should then get synced automatically. Basically my own ...
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PDF Icon changes to blank in Dropbox folder

Strange enough, the PDF reader icon corrupts in my Dropbox folder on my Windows 8 machine. I am using Windows 8 x64 Pro. If I change the "open with" to some other reader and then back to Adobe ...
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Dropbox - can you have multiple accounts on once computer?

Can dropbox use have multiple accounts on one computer?
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Dropbox and Google Drive syncing the same folder at the same time, is it posible?

I am interested in using Dropbox and Google Drive to sync the same folder at the same time... Is there any special consideration to be taken into account? Any help is apreciated.
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How to stop and start dropbox.app in Apple Terminal?

How to stop / start dropbox in the Apple Terminal? dropbox stop works when using Oracle Linux, but not within Mac OS 10.6.8.
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Security threat caused by Dropbox?

Recently I received a security threat alert triggered by Dropbox, as seen in the screenshot below: What happened here? Or this is a false alert from Microsoft Security Essentials?
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Is there any tool that automatically puts screenshots to my Dropbox?

I'm looking for an easy tool to grab screenshots and put them in my public Dropbox folder. Preferably it would also give me the direct sharing url. Bonus points for suggestions that let me select an ...
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How to download an entire directory from Dropbox?

and sub-directories. Can it be done, or do I have to D/L each file individually?
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Is having a Firefox profile in the Dropbox a good combination?

I was pretty excited to see sites as Lifehacker and such say how Dropbox can also do synchronisation for Firefox for us. It would also allow me to sync extensions and configuration settings. After ...
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How do I remove the Never-Ending Dropbox Folder?

I don't know if this is an error with eclipse or dropbox, but I seem to be unable to delete a file folder within my dropbox folder. Somehow, there was a creation of over 8300 file folders, all ...
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Moving dropbox to another PC without downloading it all again

Is this possible? ie zip the dropbox folder copy it to a new PC extract it and have drop box point to it. Thus avoiding downloading it all again. This is what I did: I had a 7zip backup of the ...
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How does Dropbox LAN Sync work?

I have installed Dropbox on 2 Ubuntu machines and enabled LAN sync. I was curious how does one Dropbox instance detect another.
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How can I throttle down Dropbox's IO operations?

Empirical evidence suggests that Dropbox's indexing at startup time is the main source of slowdown for my Windows 7 partition -- things grind down to a crawl when the indexing is in progress and ...
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Storing GnuPG folder in Dropbox

I would like to use dropbox for backing up my gpg keys, IMHO even if dropbox admins gets a copy of the keys they still need the passphrase to use it so is it ok to assume this is safe to do so?
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Any way to prevent Dropbox from opening the Camera Uploads folder when an iPhone is connected?

When I connect my iPhone to my MacBook Pro, Dropbox always launches its Camera Uploads folder in Finder. Is there any way to turn this off (some command I can run in Terminal, perhaps)? EDIT: To be ...
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How to tell dropbox to ignore git files?

I have been keeping my vim files in Ubuntu One and since I have a lot of plugins installed as git submodules (or however vundle installs them) and I'm only interested in updating these repositories on ...
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Portable Dropbox/Google Drive

I am planning to buy a new external harddisk, which will hold my project files using XAMPP Portable, my contacts, documents etc, as this thing is dealing with sensitive data, and I cannot rely on a ...
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Unable to use NTFS partition for Dropbox in Linux

Dropbox won't let me choose the sync folder inside a NTFS partition. First thought I had was mounting and its permissions (the Dropbox installer does let me choose my linux home as the Dropbox home). ...
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Dropbox alternative with local sync support? [closed]

I am currently using Dropbox. Just decided to sync my huge (about 5 GB) iTunes Library (music collection) in Dropbox. For that I must subscribe to their paid account. But before I do so, I'd like ...
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How to temporarily stop syncing Dropbox

Is there way to stop syncing the Dropbox folder without deleting Dropbox from my computer? I want to stop while I'm not in home and have only expensive Internet. I can pause it, but when I switch on ...
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Stop dropbox from starting on windows startup

I try to stop dropbox from running on windows 7 start up. I went to dropbox configuration and opt this option out. pressed apply. looked in cmd "msconfig" and this service wasn't there. but yet it ...
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Dropbox files in another location to norm

I use dropbox and very happy with it. The only drawback I have with it is that I must place the files I want to share in the My Dropbox folder. Is there anyway I can place the files in another ...
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Vim no longer prompts for encryption key when reading encrypted file; why not, and how can I get this restored?

I recently began using Vim to encrypt text files (by using the :X command and entering an encryption key at the prompt). As documented, Vim then prompts for that key when I reopen the file and ...