Two-step verification is one of the best ways to secure your online accounts. It’s now an option for popular storage and syncing service Dropbox, ensuring that even if someone knows your password, they can’t sign into Dropbox online or maliciously add a new device. Here’s how to set it up.
You can begin the process of setting up Dropbox for two-factor authentication by clicking this link, or by visiting the Security tab on your accounting settings page. You can choose between using a text message to receive a verification code, or running a mobile app on your device. Supported mobile apps include Google Authenticator for iOS, Android and BlackBerry; Amazon AWS MFA for Android; and Authenticator for Windows Phone 7. The text message option is easy to set up, and works with international numbers (we set it up easily with an Australian number).
Once two-factor authentication is enabled, whenever you sign into Dropbox online or add a new device you’ll be sent a one-time code you’ll need to enter in addition to your current password. Dropbox also supplies you with an emergency code you can use to disable two-factor authentication if you ever lose access to your phone number.
Using two-factor authentication is a sensible step every Dropbox user should enable. (It’s also a good idea to set it up for your Google account.) If you want even more security options for Dropbox, consider adding a second layer of encryption.