How to: secure dropbox files
STORING your most important files in the cloud has just one flaw: a successful hacking attempt can leave those files exposed. It’s an issue major storage service Dropbox is trying to avoid with a new security feature like Google’s two-factor authentication. Dropbox users can try this feature now, even before its official release.
Dropbox users can try this new security features by visiting a website and changing account details. After logging into a Dropbox account, users should visit dropbox.com/ try—twofactor and select the Two-Step Verification option in the Account settings. There are two ways to use two-step authentication: SMS messages and codes.
To use the SMS method of security, users must register their mobile phone number with Dropbox, also specifying their country code. Each time they log in to Dropbox, these users will be sent a text message with a numeric code to enter into the system, confirming their identification.
This method uses security apps to generate a time-sensitive code to log in to Dropbox. Apps compatible with this method include Google Authenticator for iOS, Android and BlackBerry phones, Amazon AWS MFA for Android and Authenticator for Windows Phone 7.
Dropbox also provides a 16-digit master password for accounts that users must store in a safe place and can use in case they cannot access their mobile phone or pinproducing app.