Dropbox, the most popular free cloud service provider, has introduced 2-step verification process for for adding an extra seal of security to user accounts. People had been demanding 2-step verification feature for long and it’s now that Dropbox has finally implemented it.
For the laymen, 2-step verification basically adds a second password to your account in order to make it tougher for hackers to hack into your account. This second password will be a combination of some random six-digit codes and will be sent to your mobile as soon as you try logging into your account. Once enabled, you’ll have to use it along with your normal password for logging into Dropbox or linking a new device. Google has been offering it s
The implementation of this security feature will certainly make Dropbox accounts almost hack-proof since the chances that a hacker has access to your mobile phone is very less.. unless he/she is your life partner or kids.
How to Enable Dropbox’s 2-Step Verification?
Step 1. To setup 2-step verification for Dropbox, simply log into Dropbox and open your Account Security Page.
Step 2. Once opened, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the ‘Select’ link located next to the Two-step verification option.
Step 3. Next, choose an option for receiving the security codes — either via text messages or a mobile app that supports the Time-based One-Time Password (TOTP) protocol such as Google Authenticator (Android, iOS, Blackberry) or Authenticator, available for Windows Phone. Sorry Symbian users, there’s no cookie for you *evil smile*.
And you’re done.
I personally recommend to use a mobile app for generating security codes instead of receiving them as text messages as it’s a faster method to generate codes yourselves instead of waiting for the message to arrive. While testing out this feature, text messages was usually a hit-or-miss for me. They either took too long to be delivered to my mobile number or were declared as invalid by Dropbox even when I was entering the right code. This generally happened whenever I asked Dropbox to resend me the codes.