The Hosted Dropzone is a secure file drop that can be shared across a team of users.
Every Dropzone is set up under a single SendSafely account, who is designated as the Dropzone Owner. Most customers opt to use a team alias, like firstname.lastname@example.org, as the owner account and then add individual named users as Dropzone recipients. This model means the Dropzone account is not tied to a single person, and is not impacted by any employee movement or turnover within the organization. SendSafely enterprise administrators have the ability to manage all Dropzones in their SendSafely portal which centralizes and streamlines the administration of multiple team based Dropzones. See help center article Dropzone Management for Enterprise Admins for more information on this process.
You can set up a Dropzone by following the three easy steps below:
Initial Dropzone Setup
Step 1 - Enable your Dropzone
Log in to the SendSafely web portal, navigate to the Edit Profile screen (Account Menu > Edit Profile), and choose Dropzone from the left-hand side. By default, the Dropzone is OFF so you will need to set the switch to ON to enable the Dropzone and reveal your Hosted Dropzone URL.
Step 2 - Set File Expiration
You can control how long uploaded files are retained before they are automatically deleted by SendSafely by updating the number of days and clicking "Change Expiration (days)". You can choose from 1 to 365 days.
Step 3 - Configure Additional Recipients
By default, only you, the Dropzone owner can access files uploaded to your Dropzone. Enterprise user Dropzone owners have the option of adding additional recipients using the "Add a Recipient" option on the Dropzone configuration screen. Recipients must be registered within your SendSafely portal.
Additional Dropzone Customization Options
The Dropzone can be further customized to meet your specific needs. The below section details the options available.
Restrict File Type
You can restrict the file type permitted for upload by checking the box next to "Only allow files with certain extensions" and entering the allowed file extensions. Multiple file extensions can be entered, separated with a comma.
Form Input Label
The label associated with the first data entry field on your Dropzone page can be customized. The default value is "Full Name", but this can be changed to any data element you wish to collect from your submitters, such as Ticket ID, Customer Number, Order Number etc.
You can choose how recipients are notified when files are uploaded to your Dropzone. Options are:
- Option 1 - Do Not Notify Recipients - If this is selected, recipients will not be notified and will only be allowed to access uploaded items using browsers that were "trusted" at the time the file is uploaded.
- Option 2a - Notify Recipients via Email - SendSafely will send an email notification on every upload that includes the secure link, which can be accessed from any browser (not just from a trusted browser).
- Option 2b - Notify Recipients via Email, Require a Trusted Browser - Similar to above, SendSafely will send an email notification on every upload, however the secure link is not included in the email, and the uploaded item will only be able to be accessed from a Trusted Browser.
- Option 3 - Use a Webhook for notifications - Instead of SendSafely sending a notification, an external web hook will be called on every upload. Typically, the web hook is one of our "Dropzone Connectors" that can do things like update a specific ticket in Zendesk with an upload notification and a link to download the files.
Allow Encrypted Messages
Under "Other Options" you can allow users to include a secure message in addition to, or instead of uploaded files. This is useful for when your customers need to submit a sensitive data element only, like a credit card number, or if they wish to provide some context for the files they are uploading.
By default, the Dropzone does not verify the submitter's identity before allowing files to be uploaded. While this makes for a very low-friction user experience, the email entered could be subject to typos or other errors, or may even be fictitious. If you choose "Require users to verify their email address" the Dropzone will validate the sender's email address with a one time code before allowing files to be submitted.