Dropbox Will Force You to Change Your Password If You Haven’t Done so Since 2012
If you’ve been using Dropbox for over four years and haven’t changed your password since, then two things are true. First, you have n’t been reading Lifehacker for a very long time . More importantly, two: Dropbox is about to make you change that.
The company is currently sending emails to users with accounts older than 2012. For those who don’t remember, Dropbox reported back in 2012 that leaked usernames and passwords from other sites were being used to log into some Dropbox accounts. The company has now found several more accounts associated with this list. As a security measure, the company simply advises anyone with accounts older than the compromised one to change their passwords.
Once again, this highlights some basic password security rules that everyone should follow. Specifically:
- Never use the same username and password across multiple sites .
- You don’t always need to change passwords regularly , but you should at least change them after serious attacks .
- Turn on two-factor authentication .
- Use a password manager to generate unique passwords that you don’t know and save them to yourself .
If you receive an email from Dropbox, you should change your password immediately. If you don’t, it might not hurt, but it might not be necessary. As always, use good security habits and hopefully your belongings won’t get stolen.