Dropbox Laptop Encryption

A customer wants to implement Dropbox for Business but is concerned about the Dropbox files that reside on a user's laptop.  What safeguard is there to protect company data if a laptop is stolen or lost?  I know that Dropbox has a feature to wipe data but that requires for the laptop to be connected to the internet.  Does Dropbox offer some sort of encryption?   If not, will Bitlocker resolve this issue?  What other options are you all offering your customers and/or employees?
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Zac HarrisSystems Administrator Commented:
You could use EFS in windows to encrypt the folder, bitlocker is a bit extreme for a single folder.

Check out this link for information about EFS: EFS Information from Microsoft
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Zac HarrisSystems Administrator Commented:
If however you want to encrypt the entire drive on the system, bitlocker is a good solution.
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McKnifeCommented:
Any laptop needs to be encrypted and Bitlocker is a good choice. Encryption is the baseline measure of any endpoint security concept, no matter what kind of data is processed on that machine.
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ptsolutionsincAuthor Commented:
So if we use EFS to encrypt a shared Dropbox folder on laptop A, will users be able to open those shared files on thier non encrypted desktop or Dropbox Web portal?  I would assume no, and that will defeat the purpose of going to shared folders in Dropbox.
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McKnifeCommented:
Full disk encryption is recommended. Easier to manage and safer.
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Zac HarrisSystems Administrator Commented:
DropBox web portal yes, local machine shared over network not unless you add them to the approved list of users that can access the folder
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ptsolutionsincAuthor Commented:
What if the laptop is a home laptop that is not part of the office local network?  Also mobile devices such as iPhones and iPads?  I assume if Dropbox data is encrypted they will not be able to access the data on thier mobile devices.
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Zac HarrisSystems Administrator Commented:
If you share the folder via dropbox web portal, everyone the folder is shared with will be able to access the data on any device supported by drop box. Encrypting the folder will only curtail someone from accessing the data from the laptop. The files are uploaded to the dropbox cloud which is encrypted already.
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