What is Box.com?
Box is a secure, online file sharing and storage service. Content on Box can be accessed from your computer and through iPad, iPhone and Android devices via the Box app. Box content can also be shared internally and externally and can be extended to third party applications. Box is a good resource for storing and sharing files, authoring content, and encouraging collaboration.
Why was Box selected?
As a member of Internet2, UM is able to take advantage of the Box storage service and special pricing offered through the Internet2 NET+ partnership program. The Net+ Box offering has been customized for university environments. For example, it is FERPA compliant, it offers collaboration tools valuable in an educational setting, it supports single sign-on through federated identity, and it is accessible from a variety of mobile devices and platforms.
How secure is Box?
Box adheres to the highest industry standards for security at every level. You can share, manage and access your content with confidence. Learn more about Box security features on the Box Security web site.
NOTE: When sharing Box files and folders, the user is responsible for selecting the appropriate Box security settings to avoid accidental data loss or file modification.
How do I access my Box account?
To access your Box.com account the first time, use a web browser on your computer to visit http://olemiss.box.com. Once there, select Continue and log in using your UM WebID and password.
Who is eligible for a Box account?
All current UM faculty, staff, and students are eligible for a UM Box account.
How long will my Box account be available to me?
Your account will be available as long as you are a current faculty, staff or student at UM.
How much data can I store on Box?
Each account is provisioned with 10GB of storage space. When you log in to Box from a web browser, you can view the amount of storage space used under the Account heading on the right. On your mobile device using the Box app, you can view the amount of storage space used under app settings.
Any file or folder that you upload or create will count against your usage quota. This includes any files that are placed by you or your collaborators in shared folders created by you. Folders that have collaboration enabled count only against the quota of the folder owner, not the quotas of all collaborators. Your quota usage also includes any files that you may have deleted that are still in the Trash.
For academic or research projects, we understand there may be a need for additional disk resources. Simply request additional disk resources for your Box account so we can review your request.
What file formats are supported by Box?
You can upload any file type to Box, assuming it is less than 5GB in size. When using the Box Sync app, there are some limitations to keep in mind.
What information can you provide regarding accessibility and Box?
You can access your Box account using a web browser, through various mobile Box apps and automatically syncing to your computer. When accessing Box through a web browser, consider using these keyboard shortcuts.
To sync with your computer, Box Sync is an application that runs on Windows or Mac OS X platforms. After creating your Box account and installing Box Sync on your computer, you may save documents to the new "Box Documents" folder. Files saved in this folder are automatically synced to Box in the cloud.
What mobile devices are supported?
Box works with any mobile device, giving you remote access to critical content. Box offers native mobile apps for the most popular iOS, Android, and Windows phones and tablets.
Note: You will not be able to access Box from your mobile device's web browser. This is a known issue that Box is working to resolve. As an alternative, please download and use the appropriate Box app for your mobile device.
How does the Sync feature work?
Box Sync makes you more efficient and productive. Using the Box sync service, you can eliminate searching for files across multiple devices, emailing files to yourself, and carrying flash drives or similar devices for file storage. Mobile devices do not sync, though you can view files on them through the corresponding device mobile app.
More information about using Box Sync can be found online.
How do I get my Dropbox files moved to Box?
Box provides a complete walkthrough to assist you with moving files from Dropbox to Box.
What are the recommended Box apps?
Box maintains an official list of Box apps. Besides the Box apps for mobile devices, we are getting positive feedback concerning Box Sync and Box Edit.
Who do I contact for help with Box?
If you require further assistance, you may call the IT Helpdesk (662-915-5222) or visit the Box online knowledge base at success.box.com.
More Helpful Videos
You can find a number of helpful training videos at success.box.com.