M+Box Updates

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Heartbleed Bug and M+Box: What you should know and do


Hello members of the MBox Updates email group,

I want to give you an update on Box and Heartbleed, since I know that some M+Box users have questions. Please share this information to others as you feel is appropriate and needed.

How Box responded to Heartbleed

Like many other Internet providers, Box was running vulnerable OpenSSL software when the OpenSSL Heartbleed bug was exposed. They quickly took the necessary steps to prevent data exposure. After this work was done, Box sent emails to potentially impacted users recommending that users change their password.

Who received the Box email?

What do I do?

I hope this helps clear up some of the confusion about the email you may have received from Box.

Thanks for your attention to this important security issue.

Box workshops at Enriching Scholarships


There are several Box workshops at this year's Enriching Scholarship. Take a look at the Collaborate Calendar for dates, times, and a description of available workshops. The workshops are free so find one that fits your schedule and register at Teaching and Technology Collaborative!

M+Box by the Numbers: March 2014


We wanted you to see how M+Box is growing on campus, so we'll be providing these updates once a quarter. Notice how while we see steady growth in storage and users, the biggest steady increase is in the number of collaborations.

M+Box Accounts/Storage/Collaborations Graph

M+Box by the numbers as of March 28, 2014

Accounts 44,357 GBs Stored 57,630
External Collaborators 11,633 Collaborations 110,901

Box Search URL change coming


If you have been creating search queries in Box and saving the URLs for future use, this information is for you.

In the coming weeks, Box will be changing the search URLs from




Box will continue to support the old search URLs after this change is made, but recommends that you update any searches queries that you've bookmarked or saved to support the new URL.

Uploading files to M+Box from anyone anywhere anytime


There are 3 ways to easily receive files in M+Box, from anyone, anywhere, anytime. They are quite different, so pick the one that fits your needs.

First step is to create a folder to accept files.What you do next depends on the method you choose.

Upload via email attachment
Access the "Upload Options" menu on the folder through the triangle to the right of the folder name (or by right-clicking the folder name). Choose "Upload Option" then "Email Files to this Folder". Copy the email address shown in the resulting window. Attachments emailed to this address are placed in the folder. The message itself is not retained.

TIP: You can create an MCommunity group to provide a more friendly email address, e.g. upload.test@umich.edu. Add the Box-created upload address as an external member of the group.

Upload via web
Access the "Upload Options" menu on the folder through the triangle to the right of the folder name (or by right-clicking the folder name). Choose "Upload Option" then "Embed Upload Widget". You can embed the provided code in a web page. But if you just want to use the widget on its own, click "Preview this widget", copy the URL in the address bar and provide it via email or other method.

TIP: You might want to use a URL shortener, like goo.gl, to get a more manageable version of the link, e.g. http://goo.gl/NBAP9c.

Invite collaborators with Upload Only permissions
Add collaborators to your folder and assign the access level of "Uploader". This allows your collaborator to copy or move files into that folder in Box but not view or change any of the files in the folder.

Automation of M+Box Account Access Removal has Begun


NOTE: M+Box deprovisioning went live on February 15, 2014.

Beginning this weekend, MCommunity will be used to automatically remove or change access to M+Box accounts for those who lose eligibility due to a loss of, or change in, university affiliation. This will make getting and losing access to M+Box consistent with other service access managed by MCommunity in that users (with the exception of sponsored affiliates) will be notified via email 30 days before their access ends or changes.

Be Prepared:

More Detail:

FREE Courses on Using Box


The Box Education team has made available a new series of FREE courses.

You can get a quick reference to the new series here: Box Basics Drop-In Series, but here are the basics:

1) Sharing Made Easy (And Secure!):
Reviews how to share content using Box. This includes when to use shared links and when to invite someone as a collaborator. At the end of the class, you'll know how to pick the perfect role or adjust the settings on shared links to fit any situation.

2) Creating And Organizing Your Folders:
Discusses the three most common types of file setups and how to create a structure that supports easy access to those who need it.

3) Working Together Efficiently:
Play the part of a project team member and learn how Box makes collaboration easier by delving into comments, tasks, group editing (Box Edit), notification settings, and access stats.

4) Revolutionizing Your Day With Box Apps:
You'll have a chance to play around with some of the key Box apps that can save you and your organization a lot of time and a lot of money! (Including Box Edit and Box Sync)

Each 30-40 minute class is taught once a week. And, at the end of each class there is an open Q&A where participants can ask any questions they'd like! (Sessions have limited seats available)

The Tool of the Month is Box Edit and Box Sync!


These two add-ons to M+Box make working with files even easier. Box Edit is an add on feature that allows you to create and edit files directly on Box. Box Sync allows you to download Box folders to sync to your computer. Both Edit and Sync are great tools for working with files stored in M+Box. Which one should you use? View and download the collection of materials in the M+Box Shared Folder and find out if Box Edit or Box Sync will work best for you.

M+Box Account Access Removal Will Be Automated


Beginning in mid-February, MCommunity will be used to automatically remove access to M+Box accounts for those who lose eligibility for them due to a change in, or loss of, affiliation with U-M. Those who lose access to M+Box will be notified via email 30 days in advance. New alumni and retirees with M+Box accounts will keep their 50 GB of free storage in a converted personal Box account.

If your affiliation is changing from one university affiliation (faculty, staff, or student) to another (alumni or retiree):

If you lose all affiliation with U-M, you will lose access to M+Box:

For more detail:

Box Sync v 4.0 is Now Available


Box Sync v 4.0 is now available for Mac OSX and Windows. Here's how get on the latest version to take advantage of new features, improved performance, and a better overall experience:

Please note the following:

New features to try out with Sync 4:

And some big improvements under the hood:

To learn more about Sync 4.0, please see the documentation on the Box support site. Also see the M+Box website for information about how U-M has implemented Box on campus as well as specific information about Box Sync 4.

New Box for iPhone and iPad App


Box has announced a new Box for iPhone and iPad app that will be available for public download starting January 14. Current users will automatically receive a prompt to update when the app is available.

What's new?

For more information please check out this overview and the recording of a recent webinar.

Important details to note

There are some important differences between the new app and the old one.

Please note, the new app is only available to devices running iOS6 or iOS7. Any devices running earlier versions of iOS will retain the old app. This mainly impacts the original iPad, which runs iOS5.

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