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Available for both the Android and iOS versions of Dropbox, the integration between Office and Dropbox apps taps into the partnership announced in November of this year between the two companies. The latest feature allows Dropbox users to edit Office files right from the app. It also lets users running the mobile version of Office to directly access their Dropbox files, as explained in this Dropbox post.
Before this new partnership, user’s of Microsoft’s mobile apps could only store and access their files via OneDrive, Microsoft’s personal cloud-based storage service. Now the new merge opens up options for Dropbox users who don’t have OneDrive accounts. The partnership benefits users, but it also benefits Dropbox and Microsoft by expanding the number of potential users they can gain.
Before, Office mobile app users were unable to edit documents without a $6.99/month Office 365 subscription. Since their new partnership with Dropbox, Microsoft has changed the rules a bit so that users can create and perform basic editing tasks in the mobile apps for free.
For anyone who uses Dropbox and Microsoft Office on their Android or iOS device, this is how it works:
There is a catch though. All of this works nice and smoothly for personal accounts (my own test run went great) but if you want to edit Office files using Dropbox for Business you’ll need one of the following Office 365 accounts:
If you need more information about how to edit your Office files with Dropbox, check out this help page.
In today’s world, our security is constantly threatened so using the same password for all of your accounts isn’t going to cut it anymore. Grab one of these three apps to manage your passwords across all of your devices and accounts and secure your digital life.
The great thing about using a password manager is that you only have to remember one master password (so make it a good one). If you can handle that, one of these password managers below can handle the rest of your log-in information. Some of them can even generate passwords for you so you never have to worry about man or machine hacking your info.
Keeper is a password management app that can be run on Android, iOS, Mac, and Windows devices. It’s free to download and use but if you want to back up your information to the cloud, you’ll have to purchase a subscription for $9.99/year.
Once you have logged onto a website after installing Keeper, the app will put a button on the site to begin using for safer and more secure log-ins. Keeper also comes with a “Vault to Vault” sharing feature which allows users share information safely with other Keeper users.
Keep utilizes a 256-bit AES encryption to protect your accounts.
mSecure is an excellent password management app that can be downloaded onto Android, iOS, Mac, and Windows devices. It costs $9.99 for Android and iOS downloads and $19.99 for Mac and Windows downloads – these are not subscriptions, they are one time fees.
mSecure comes with a password generator but you also have the ability to create your own passwords within the app as well. It has a huge library full of icons you can use to customize your log-in buttons on websites and uses a 256-bit Blowfish encryption to protect your accounts.
PasswordBox completes the last as a third password management app for Android, iOS, Mac, and Windows devices. You can download the app for free with a 25-password limit or, you can upgrade to unlimited password storage for $11.99/year.
PasswordBox offers one-touch log-in options (like the other apps on the list) and it will automatically save your log-ins as you browse. To protect your information, PasswordBox uses a 256-bit AES encryption with the option of an additional PIN code to add a second layer of security to your information.
All three of the apps on this list are great options and honestly, it just comes down to personal preference. I’ve experimented with all three and found I prefer mSecure best. I like the fact that there’s only a one time fee, I get excellent security, and have the options to create my own passwords or have them generated for me.
Do you have a favorite password management app? I’d love to hear about it, so please don’t be shy about sharing and leaving a comment!