Popular cloud storage service Dropbox has introduced two-step verification in order to provide greater security for its users. After the ‘epic’ hacking of Wired’s Mat Honan digital life, online security has become a hot topic once again in the tech community.
Like Google, Dropbox now allows all of its users to login with a password and additional code sent via text. An authenticator app can also be used on the web or mobile devices like the iPhone for the second step.
The Dropbox Team:
Today we’d like to announce the launch of two-step verification, a feature that will enhance the security of your Dropbox by requiring two levels of authentication: your password, and a security code that will either be texted to your mobile phone or generated by a mobile authenticator app (available for iOS, Android, Blackberry and Windows Phone 7).
Dropbox users can enable the security feature by visiting the new Security tab on the web and turning on two-step verification in the “Account sign in” section. You’ll have to create new codes for each device you link with your Dropbox, but once the link is made, it sticks. On the web, make sure to check “Trust this computer” to save the login code in your browser. You can also view all active logins on the web as well.
Dropbox has provided detailed setup instructions for those interested.
Dropbox can be used for free with limited storage on all devices, including Mac, iPhone, and iPad.