Reset Your DropBox Password Now

Posted: Aug 26 2016, 1:11pm CDT | by , Updated: Aug 26 2016, 1:53pm CDT, in News | Latest Business News


Reset Your DropBox Password Now

If you created your account before 2012 and haven't changed your password since, now is the time.

If you checked your inbox lately, you may have found a message from Dropbox urging you to change your password. The ever-popular cloud storage system that some of their old Dropbox credentials, dating back to 2012, were stolen. That is why it is older users that will have to change their passwords and not newer ones.

If you created your account before 2012 and haven't changed your password since, now is the time.

They disclosed that in July 2012, some users were spammed and that was the cause of the theft of usernames and passwords from other websites. This happened because, as many of us tend to do, people repeatedly use the same passwords and usernames for multiple websites, even though we all know that you really shouldn't do that.

This password reuse led to the break-ins. It also allowed someone to steal an email list from an employee Dropbox account and spam everyone on it.

Dropbox now says it has “learned” about an old set of credentials that were “obtained in 2012.” They believe that this set, which is most likely being bought and sold on the virtual underground, is connected.

“Based on our threat monitoring and the way we secure passwords, we don’t believe that any accounts have been improperly accessed,” the company said. “Still, as one of many precautions, we’re requiring anyone who hasn’t changed their password since mid-2012 to update it the next time they sign in.”

Those worried should set up two-factor authentication while changing their passwords. This means that anyone who logs into the account has to have a code that is typically sent to a cell phone or connect device.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/46" rel="author">Noel Diem</a>
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