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Dropbox Just Enabled 2-Step Verification, You Should Go Turn It On

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Not too long ago, Dropbox was the victim of a security breach, and as a result, they said they'd cook up a 2-step verification system for the service. Now it's here, and you should go turn if on if you keep anything of value in your Dropbox, or even if you don't.

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To turn the feature on, you'll have to have the most up-to-date beta desktop version of the Dropbox client. Once you have that, you can hop over to the Dropbox website to set yourself up in the beta and turn on 2-step verification.

In practice, it works pretty much like Google's version of the same tech. When you log on, you'll be prompted to enter a limited-time one-use password you can get either by text, or by an app like Google Authenticator. Should you lose your phone, you also get a one-time use backup code, but only one, so think about where you put it.

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2-step verification can be a little bit of a hassle, and this feature was just enabled for testing so it could be slightly wonky. Still, the extra security is worth it; a little inconvenience here and there is infinitely better than having part of your life completely hacked to pieces. [Dropbox via Betanews]

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Question about 2-step verification (whether it be Google or Dropbox). What happens if your phone gets lost/stolen? That would give the would-be thief access to the Authenticator app... which would allow them to get into your account, right?