Has your Dropbox password been hacked?
Oct 15, 2014
The story so far…
Monday 13th October saw a flurry of reports online stating, in another recent case of online hacking, that somewhere in the order of 7 million Dropbox accounts have been compromised.
While the file sharing and storage company has denied the allegations and assure its clients that its services remain secure; a group of hackers threaten to release their 7 million long list of user accounts in exchange for bitcoin donations from the public. To further solidify their position they have released a random list of 400 user’s accounts today.
The “400” identified so far have been confirmed accounts that were comprised by a 3rd part application associated with Dropbox (3rd party apps use your credentials to access data stored in your drop box account); in an incident that Dropbox itself had already closed.
So how can you protect yourself?
Step 1 would be to simply reset your password. Now. And to do so on a semi regular basis into the future.
Step 2 would be, to completely make sure you are secure, simply turn on two step authentication. This way whenever you login to your account a code will also be sent to your phone (similar to how some banks operate now) that you need to enter to complete login. You can turn this on by going to the security tab within the settings area for your account.
If you like, there are also alternatives to DropBox, if you want just Cloud Backup; Tropical Cloud Backup might be a solution for you!
3rd party apps aren’t that bad, are they?
In a similar incident last month some Gmail accounts had similar problems where 3rd party applications allowed 5 million accounts to be shared before the applications holes were plugged.
There should be a level of trust you give a brand or service every time you link your data and accounts together with other services. The weakest link in your “suite” of services from multiple sites is going to be the easiest point for your accounts or data compromised.
As always, Tropical Business Solutions is here to help. If you need assistance with any of the above security issues; would like advise on data backup and data security policies and producers; or want to look at a better solution for your business operations, give us a call on 08 8922 0000 or contact us.
Tropical Business Solutions
Director at Tropical Business Solutions