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General Information

Box has several ways to store your data -

1. Web Sync - This works very similarly to google drive where files can be dragged and dropped, or uploaded to the web application.

2. Box Edit - Box Edit lets you easily edit files on Box using the native applications installed on your computer. If you can edit it on your desktop, you can edit it on Box! Just click the ‘Open’ button in the file preview page to open any file directly from Box. (This is the recommended approach)

3. Map Box like a network share - This is very similar to the Lex drive or the Glacier file share if you're familiar with either of those. You can map box like a network share drive and use files there. This is supported by box.

Helpful Resource

Here are some helpful resources for box -


What information can be stored on box?
All information can be stored on box, however there are restrictions on what can be stored using the sync feature. Sync cannot be enabled for users who are trying to store sensitive health information or PSI (Personally Sensitive Information, social security numbers, etc.)

Can I use Box to store personal files?

How secure is Box? Can other people reach my files?
Other people cannot reach your files unless you share the files or folders with someone. See the resource above about inviting collaborators and sending a link to a file.

Is there a way to sync files with Box automatically?
Yes, the box sync feature, as well as the feature to map box like a network share both allow files to be sync automatically. Sync keeps a copy of the files in the cloud as well as locally, while mapping box like a network share just keeps the data in the cloud.

Can my interns or student employees use Box?
Yes. You will need to create a ticket with us with their name and email address. Our support emails can be reached here. We will get them an account created and then pass along information. Box is a very useful resource for sharing information in research labs or other organizational units