How to: se­cure drop­box files

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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.

TEST­ING THENEWSECURITY

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.

SMS SE­CU­RITY

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.

APP SE­CU­RITY

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.

EX­TRA DE­TAIL

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.

JEN­NIFER DUD­LEY-NI­CHOL­SON

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