Dropbox Two-Factor Authentication

Dropbox is getting ready to roll out two-factor authentication to help users better secure their accounts.  The timing is due to a recent hack of the popular online storage service.  More specifically someone hacked a third-party site and used the same credentials to log into Dropbox.  A story too common since many people use the same password across multiple sites.  In response to the hack Dropbox is increasing login security.

You can read more about their efforts on the Dropbox blog.  Their security update post briefly discusses the hack and the steps being taken to increase security.  Here’s a summary of their upcoming efforts:

  • Two-factor authentication
  • New automated mechanisms to help identify suspicious activity
  • Ability to examine all active account logins.
  • Mandatory password changes

All of these additions will help users avoid the situation that recently occurred at Dropbox.  Of the new efforts we’re especially glad to see Dropbox adding two-factor authentication.  When enabled you need more than a password to login.  Making it far more difficult for someone to hack your account and log into Dropbox.

Some of you may use two-factor authentication for work.  Those who use a corporate VPN connection while at home or traveling may also have a key fob.  A funny name I know but key fobs rotate a string of numbers that change on a regular basis.  To log in you need your password along with the latest code from the key fob.

Dropbox will be offering two-factor authentication in the weeks to come.  Some services like PayPal offer key fobs while others like Google have apps that run on your smartphone.  It sounds like Dropbox will start with a code sent to your phone.  This is a good first step in adding two-factor authentication.

As always do what you can to protect yourself online.  That includes using different passwords for each site.  You can use a free password manager like KeePass to keep track of your login credentials for each website.

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