Dropbox To Ditch Public Sharing Folders For New Accounts

Brad Chacos

The MegaUpload fallout continues: while the U.S. government's case for Kim Dotcom's extradition is still slowly winding its way through the New Zealand court system, other file sharing services are scrambling to preemptively batten down the hatches to try and avoid similar sanctions and woes. Today, Dropbox got in on the CYA action by discontinuing public sharing folders for new Dropbox accounts effective July 31st.

"In April, we launched the ability to share any file or folder in your Dropbox with a simple link," the Dropbox team wrote in an announcement . "This new sharing mechanism is a more generalized, scalable way to support many of the same use cases as the Public folder."

Basically, new users will still be able to share files with friends, but they'll need to generate and share a link to the specific file first, which Dropbox users can do already. If you're already a Dropbox user, fear not: your Public folder is staying safe, sound and open to all -- at least for now.

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