This guide will show you the steps to take in the event you need to terminate an employee who has access to your Box account. Read on to learn how to protect the security of your organization’s content in Box.
For Business Admins
Set the User's Status to Inactive
This will freeze the user’s account, preventing them from making changes to any files. Their content will be frozen for all collaborators too, and Box Sync will also be disabled for the user.
To apply the Inactive status:
- Log in to Box
- Click Admin Console.
- In the lefthand navigation, click Users and Groups. The Managed Users tab displays.
- Select the person who’s leaving your company.
- In the Edit User Account Details section, in the Status box, click the drop-down menu and select Inactive.
Remove the User from Shared Folders
- In the Edit User Access Permissions section, scroll down to the Select folders this user can access table.
- In the Access level column next to each of the folders from which you want to remove this user, click the down arrow and select None.
- Scroll back up to the Edit User Account Details section.
- Click Delete this User. (This link is located between the Status and Language boxes.) You’ll then have the option to transfer any content the user owns to another user – or to delete it entirely.
Admin Tip: You may want to transfer everything to yourself and then apportion the content out to other users.
For Enterprise Admins
The steps you’ll take to cut off a former employee’s access to Box are the same as above. But, as an Enterprise admin, you’ve got two additional tools you can use to protect your account:
Log in to a User’s Account
If you need to check for or monitor activity in the user’s account, you can log right in to it from the Admin Console. To do this:
- From the Admin Console, in the lefthand navigation, click Users and Groups. The Managed Users tab displays.
- Select the person who you want to monitor.
- In the Edit User Account Details section, click Log in to this account.
If you have already made a user inactive, you will see the same view as the user, which will indicate that the account is inactive. To access the user's content, use the Content Manager.
Limit the Devices Using Box Sync
Finally – for added security – consider limiting the number of computers on which your users can install and run Box Sync. To do this:
- From the Admin Console, in the lefthand navigation, click Enterprise Settings
- Toward the top of the page, click Security.
- In the Application Management section, you can limit the number of computers/devices as you see fit.