Dropbox rolls out two-step verification to improve security

dropbox login hackedWe may be gradually moving away from hard drive storage toward keeping our files stored in the cloud, but for many such a transition is still a hard one to make. Fears of hackers finding a way into online accounts and stealing personal details, as well as stored data, continue to keep some from taking the plunge.

Dropbox is one such cloud-based file-sharing site that wants your custom. But to get it, it needs to convince you that all is well in the world of cloud-based storage. The process of allaying the fears of computer users takes a step back whenever a news story surfaces regarding the hack of a well-known web service. Dropbox didn’t help itself recently when it admitted earlier this month that its own service had suffered a security breach. Oops!

Two-step verification

In an effort to put things right, the site has just done something that may cause many to ask, “So why weren’t they doing that before?” We’re talking about two-step verification, meaning that instead of accessing your account solely through the usual email/password combo, you’ll be asked to enter a six-digit security number too.

The code, which is sent to your mobile phone in a text message, will also be required whenever you link a new phone, computer or tablet.

One of several apps can also be used to generate a code, which will come in handy when cellular service is unavailable.

Dropbox says you’ll need the latest version (1.15.12) of its desktop client installed before you can set-up the new layer of account security. Full instructions on how to enable it can be found on the Dropbox site here.

The feature is in the process of being rolled out, so if the option isn’t showing on your Dropbox security page now, it should be there in the coming days.

Take a moment to set it up and if you’re not convinced, keep in mind the words of Wired’s Mat Honan, who recently lost a whole load of data following a devastating hack attack: “Had I used two-factor authentication for my Google account, it’s possible that none of this would have happened.”