Dropbox users are urged to change their password. But wait, don’t start worrying just yet. If you’ve started using the service after 2012, then you won’t have to do anything.
Patrick Heim, Head of Trust and Security for Dropbox, has recently posted blog announcement through which he prompts users to change their password just to prevent any issues. The news should be of interest to anyone who has signed up for Dropbox prior to 2012 and has kept the initial password up until now. The cloud storage service says this is just a preventive measure.
“If you signed up for Dropbox prior to mid-2012 and haven’t changed your password since, you’ll be prompted to update it the next time you sign in. We’re doing this purely as a preventive measure, and there is no indication that your account has been improperly accessed. We’re sorry for the inconvenience,” says Patrick Heim in its latest blog post.
Dropbox users are urged to change their password for a new, strong one. Dropbox has a strength meter that can help users choose the most secure password. People who have used the same password that they provided for Dropbox for other websites are also recommended to change it on Dropbox. The two-step verification should also be enabled for security reasons.
Individuals who did not receive the reminder do not have to change their password unless they choose to.
The security team at Dropbox is always in the looks for threats against its users. In 2012, Dropbox reported that old user credentials stolen from other websites were being used to sign in to Dropbox.
“We have dedicated security teams that work to protect our services and monitor for compromises, abuse, and suspicious activity. We’ve implemented a broad set of controls including independent security audits and certifications, threat intelligence, and bug bounties for ethical hackers,” assures Dropbox.
All users can take advantage of the open sourced tools like bcrypt, zxcvbn, and the Universal 2nd Factor authentication.
The file hosting service’s announcement follows recent breaches at LinkedIn, for example, that have compromised countless user accounts and gave rise to concerns regarding the re-use of passwords across different accounts. The practice leaves individuals exposed to online attacks.
Visit the Security and privacy page for more information on how to keep accounts secured.
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