Dropbox Users, It’s Time To Change Your Password

If the year you started using Dropbox is “2012 or earlier” then sorry, but the chances that your email address and password have been compromised are high, because Dropbox is the latest company with a big-name to disclose details of a data leak.

A gigantic 68 million account details were stolen back in mid-2012 and all that data has just been recently leaked online.

As you would guess, Dropbox is doing everything they can to make sure that anyone and everyone whose account is likely to have been affected resets their password – and also those whose accouts are likely to be attacked in the future – describing the move as a “purely preventative measure”.

“If you signed up for Dropbox prior to mid-2012 and haven’t changed your password since, you’ll be prompted to update it the next time you sign in.”

A Dropbox spokesperson speaking, told The Guardian there “is no indication that Dropbox user accounts have been improperly accessed” as part of the leak, and also that the stolen “credentials are user email addresses with hashed and salted passwords that were obtained prior to mid-2012.”

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You should use the online ‘have i been pwned?‘ website to check whether or not your username or e-mail is amongst those compromised by not just this breach, but also other major data security breaches in previous years.

Whether your account was part of the leak or not we strongly recommend that you switch to the 2-factor authentication as Dropbox has now added support for it. Set it up @ dropbox.com/account/security.

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