If you’ve ever been locked out of your account, you know it can be a major frustration—especially when you have deadlines to meet, and people waiting on you to respond. The problem is, many users cannot reliably receive text messages or don’t keep track of emergency backup codes. And sometimes you don’t have your two-factor authentication code generator or U2F security key on hand. We work hard to make security easy, so we developed a new solution you can use as a backup in these situations. Starting today, you can also use the Dropbox mobile app to verify your identity.
Our security teams work hard behind the scenes to help keep your Dropbox secure. But did you know that there are also easy steps that you can take to protect yourself? Today, we’re thrilled to announce the launch of the security checkup tool to help you improve your account security in only a few minutes.
Protecting company data can be an intimidating task. With hackers constantly inventing new schemes, and every colleague a potential target, it’s no wonder that cybersecurity hiring has ramped up over the last several years. The reality, however, is that most successful attacks aren’t technically sophisticated—instead, they exploit common human errors. With this in mind, we compiled a list of simple security tips that anyone can understand and put into practice.
We’re always looking for new and innovative ways to simplify and strengthen security. In addition to continuous infrastructure enhancements, we’ve created a number of tools to help users and teams better protect their information on Dropbox. That includes support for cutting edge technologies like Universal 2nd Factor (U2F) security keys, which we rolled out in 2015. Today, we’re excited to announce that we’ll be teaming up with Intel this year to bring built-in U2F support to Dropbox users on 7th Generation Core processors.
Since our original post, there have been many reports about the exposure of 68 million Dropbox credentials from 2012. The list of email addresses with hashed and salted passwords is real, however we have no indication that Dropbox user accounts have been improperly accessed. We’re very sorry this happened and would like to clear up what’s going on.
Today is Safer Internet Day, and we’re taking the opportunity to promote responsible use of online technology. Everyone can do their part to make the internet a safer place. To help, we’ve put together this list of the most important steps you can take to safeguard your data in the cloud.