Secure your Dropbox in a few easy steps


Many of us use Dropbox for it’s ease of use and accessibility, which is all the more reason to make it extra safe. One-factor authentication is no longer enough to protect against hacking due to incredibly weak passwords, (we are all guilty of this one). Two-step verification requires you to enter both your password and a security code sent to your mobile phone. This is by far one of the easiest ways to beef up your Dropbox security. To enable two-step verification, simply log into your Dropbox account and click your username in the upper-right corner of your Dropbox window. From here you should be able to find Settings from the menu. Click the Security tab, then click Enable under two-step verification.

Another way to ensure security is to unlink old devices. Dropbox has the wonderful ability to span across multiple devices, which can also create a security vulnerability if not cleaned up every so often. You’d be surprised how many old devices end up linked to your account after a few years. Find the Security tab as you did when accessing two-step verification, and scroll down the menu to “Devices“. This will show you a list of all the devices that have access to your Dropbox, complete with the date of their most recent Dropbox activity. Go through the list and unlink the devices you no longer use or need by clicking the X to the right of the device name.

Managing application access aids in narrowing the amount of third-party applications that require full access to your account. An app will retain the full access you originally gave it even if you barely use the app anymore. This is also true for applications that the developer has stopped supporting. This creates a very easy window of opportunity for hackers, with a very easy solution. Prevent future security flaws by revoking access of applications you no longer use. Return to the Security tab, and find Apps Linked in the drop-down menu. A list will appear with all of the applications you have authorized to access your Dropbox account. Same as with devices, click the X to the right of the application to remove the app from having access to your account.

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