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Enabling double verification Dropbox

Enabling double verification Dropbox

During the month of June, users of had reason to be uneasy. A major security flaw in the system not only provided access to our files, but also reaffirmed the fear / myth related to the of our information storage services in the cloud. All this, compounded with the fact that the attack occurred in the most popular platform of this type. Fortunately, and before long, Dropbox has taken action on the matter and presented 2-step verification , or verification in two steps, and today we will teach them how to activate and use.

I wish this new verification system was somewhat simpler for ease of use for the user to walk, but still is a great way to give extra protection to our archives. Without more, it’s a great way for the paranoid and distrustful Dropbox can continue to build without fear. Moreover, the security problems exist everywhere, and is a risk taken anyway even with files stored locally. The important thing is to know how to protect ourselves and be alert, so this verification system should be employed.

For now, this new feature of Dropbox is experimental, so do not be afraid if you do not see it appear as an option from the start. What it does is add one more instance to the authentication process, allowing that if a person gains access through our password, still need a key to access more. If you really can be violated, will make an excellent case study of social engineering.

This double check that we believe requires a special code that can be received via a text message or through mobile applications. This code will be required every time we enter our Dropbox account, so you do not need anything else to use our master password. To access this new feature, we have to have installed the latest build of Dropbox (1.5.12), which is in beta. We simply need to access our security options, select “Account Sign-in” and enable this feature.

There remains the generation of the code. This can be done through Google Authenticator , on smartphones with Android OS, Blackberry and iOS. For users of Windows Phone, you can also use Authenticator. All these options are available through Dropbox, so we will not have to go looking for an appropriate application. But we can choose to send us the code via an SMS, or scan a QR code with your smartphone.

Once we’re done with this process, we will Dropbox also a 16-digit password that must be implemented if you lose your phone. It is recommended to store the password in an encrypted file. Once you have this code, our second password is always changing and we need to have access to Google Authenticator or whatever you’re using to generate it. With this we will be protected.

One of the most annoying things that can happen with such a system is that it is a very experimental feature. Fortunately over the coming weeks the latest build of Dropbox beta and we will activate these options without going mad. It never hurts to have some extra security, and after he accidentally left thousands Dropbox account without a password, a password twice virtually impossible to decipher a lot of sense.

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