Dropbox Folder in MBA without installing Dropbox...

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by RocketRed, Jun 19, 2012.

  1. RocketRed macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2012
    Go to "Public" Folder --> Do you have a "Dropbox" folder in there?

    I did not install Dropbox app, nor do I have an account with Dropbox but there is a Dropbox folder in the Public Folder.

    Is it just me or does anyone else have this?

  2. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    that folder has nothing to do with the company Dropbox and is on every install of OS X as standard for sharing documents through a network connection.
  3. RocketRed thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2012
    oops .. how embarassing :p

    Thanks for clarifying.
  4. notjustjay macrumors 603


    Sep 19, 2003
    Canada, eh?
    Yes, that folder is called a "Drop Box" (note the difference in spelling between that and the company name "Dropbox"). Dropbox (the company) named itself after the more generic term "drop box" which is essentially like an open mailbox where, if you allow file sharing, other people can write files to your home directory without actually having to give them read or write permissions to any of your other files.

    Be careful about file sharing when you're on public networks like hotels or even libraries, schools, etc. Your Mac will announce to the entire network that it has folders available for sharing, and people could write all kinds of clutter to that folder, even just as a prank. Don't ask me how I know this. :eek:
  5. darkheroz macrumors member

    Jan 4, 2012
    Actually I has Air Drop folder by default, not Dropbox. The last one appeared after installing this favorite app from the net and which I use every day. The icon is also from dropbox app. Our colleague must check this situation.


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