Dropbox now offers two-factor authentication that promises customers a safer cloud storage service after the security breach last month.
The company added the new user authentication system Monday this week to change the way users verify their accounts, which now requires a password and security code below their usernames.
“Two-step verification is one of several steps that we’re taking to enhance the security of your Dropbox. We’ve also created a way for you to view all active logins to your account on the Security tab, and we’re working on automated mechanisms to identify suspicious activity,” said Dropbox.
Earlier this month, Dropbox promised to implement the two-factor verification scheme as one of several security features to avoid a repeat of the data breach in July.
The breach, confirmed by the storage provider itself, witnessed several customers of the online library as hackers compromised their account details and email addresses.
The hack attack blew out of proportion after the cybercriminals successfully broke into the email account of a Dropbox employee.
“A couple weeks ago, we started getting emails from some users about spam they were receiving at email addresses used only for Dropbox. We’ve been working hard to get to the bottom of this, and want to give you an update,” the company added in its blog post.
“Our investigation found that usernames and passwords recently stolen from other websites were used to sign in to a small number of Dropbox accounts. We’ve contacted these users and have helped them protect their accounts.”
Dropbox needs to regain its reputation after the data security breach, which only spread out the quagmire that security vendors can use against its suitability for enterprises.
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