Does Your Workplace Block Dropbox?

Dropbox is unquestionably one of our favourite technologies here at Lifehacker, and the thought that evil corporate overlords might block all that file-syncing goodness fills us with dismay. But there's no doubt that it's happening. Is it happening to you?

I was reminded of the fact that Dropbox is seen as a secrets-leaking business risk magnifier at a press lunch for F5 Networks in Sydney today, where global marketing VP Kirby Wadsworth (pictured) noted that his own recent attempts to access his Dropbox account had been blocked by the existing systems at F5. While that wasn't unexpected — a core part of F5's product offering is the ability to tightly control IP traffic to ensure that security policies are maintained — Wadsworth isn't under any delusions about the long-term viability of that approach. Given the widespread popularity of Dropbox, he predicted that the block will "last about five minutes" once someone clues in to a workaround.

An advanced IT department might well offer an alternative; the Silverback system for allowing controlled iOS access also includes a file synching system. As Chris Hagios, managing director of Airloom, which developed the Silverback system, pointed out at the same lunch, that kind of alternative is essential: "So many customers are using Dropbox."

That's commendable, but I suspect it's a minority viewpoint. Does your workplace restrict Dropbox access, and have you worked out a way around it Tell us in the comments.


Comments

    Not blocked for me! But since our IT guy (and I use that term VERY loosely) asks me questions like "how do I turn on my blackberry?" and "how do I crop images?", I can't say I'm surprised.

    I just use a Lifehacker tip, actually: http://lifehacker.com/5575500/habilis-adds-files-to-dropbox-via-email

    nope... I created dropbox accounts for everyone across my network, and taught everyone how to use it!

    I'm never blocking it!... everybody loves it now!

    the key is to teach people not to put sensitive data in DB!

    I work for Uniting Care, dropbox is blocked, stops me from doing work at home. That's a good thing, isn't it?

    My old job used to block lifehacker.com.au :)

    Along with blocking everything else that's on the net, including Dropbox.

    I bought a Linode instance purely for tunneling through the proxy in order to get my job done (software development). Thank god they didn't/couldn't block that.

    Looking back, I'm not sure why they didn't just turn it all off and give us typewriters. Good riddance.

    Not blocked. I love it, and I know a few staff use it. It of course isn't officially supported, but it hasn't become a major drain on our 'net resources.

    I use it to store all my scripting, for backup, and so I always have access to it. It's also a very handy way of getting a new album onto my work computer from home. Of which I can VNC to my home computer as well.

    Dropbox is blocked but SugarSync isnt! #winning

    No one here has addressed 2 primary concerns with corporate data in the cloud: (1) legal ramifications and (2) export control issues. Google it and you'll see there's a lot more at stake than you think when it comes to company data ending up in the cloud.

    http://www.anao.gov.au/~/media/Uploads/Audit%20Reports/2010%2011/201011%20Audit%20Report%20No%2033.pdf

    For those of you unaware. Audit Report from anao, flick to page 18.

    If I wanted to unblock Dropbox on our corporate network and allow it's traffic through our Cisco web security appliance, how would I even go about doing that? Simply adding .dropbox.com to the custom exclusions list doesn't do it.

    What do you do if you want someone to view a video and company email blocks dropbox and youtube?

    My workplace blocks DropBox but some to have forgotten to block Google Drive. I needed some files from DropBox so I downloaded the app to my Smartphone, acce3ssed the files on my phone and sent them to myself by gmail (using the "Export" option.

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