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Following LinkedIn and Yahoo, Dropbox is the latest tech firms that has fallen a victim to the security breaches. Recently, the company confirmed via their own blog stating,"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."
However, unlike the previous hacks in the past, in the case of Dropbox, the user names and passwords of the compromised accounts were not posted online by the hackers.
Hence, it is quite tough to check if your account was hacked or not.
Taking quick actions against the same, Dropbox has taken appropriate steps in notifying the affected users through email, urging them to change their passwords right away. Reportedly, the company has also asked the users to change the passwords of their other social media profiles including Facebook, Twitter, Gmail or any network for that matter that are attached with Dropbox or share common passwords.
Further, in the coming weeks, the company has confirmed to take following steps to beef up its security system:
Two-factor authentication system requiring a couple of identity proofs – password and a short term code sent to the user's mobile, while signing into the account.
Automated mechanisms that will help in identifying suspicious activities.
A new page that lets you examine all active logins to your account.
Changing Dropbox password
To change the password of your Dropbox account, click here and proceed as per the instructions.
To make sure that your Dropbox or any other account is secure, it is recommended that you have unique passwords for each website. Of course, there is no denying that it is easy to reuse the same password on all the websites, but, if one website is hacked, all your other accounts will be at risk.
To help you manage several accounts with different passwords, there are password manager tools like LastPass. These tools help you set up an account and remember only one master password, while the toll will take the trouble of storing all your other details in a secure spot.