Dropbox is a highly popular service used by people around the world to store their files (documents, pictures, videos, etc.) for short periods so that other people can also have access to them and download them. News from the company tells you that you should change your password, although no hacking was reported.
The recommendation from Dropbox addresses old users, to those who signed up before 2012 or to those who haven’t changed their password ever since.
Dropbox encountered some difficulties with one of the employees four years ago, in July 2012. The incident was reported, as personal data of users from different sites were used in order to log in on their platform.
This is the explanation Dropbox has posted on the official blog:
“Our security teams are always watching out for new threats to our users. As part of these ongoing efforts, we learned about an old set of Dropbox user credentials (email addresses plus hashed and salted passwords) that we believe was obtained in 2012. Our analysis suggests that the credentials relate to an incident we disclosed around that time.”
The file-hosting company also assured users that their accounts haven’t been accessed or used by other people and that their files are safe. The request of changing the passwords is only a “preventive measure”, as officials from Dropbox called it themselves.
Business Insider reports on how hackers use a common technique. It consists of stealing data and personal information from a site/ platform and using them on a different site, in order to check if it works. Sometimes, the accounts are the same, and this is how hackers use them. The same technique was used to hack celebrities’ Twitter accounts, according to the same publication.
The company launched another branch, in 2013. It is called Dropbox Business, and it is largely used for business purposes. The company’s statistics show that there are 500 million people who use the platform on a regular base.
The most recommended thing to do is to change your password not only on Dropbox but on other sites as well, especially if you tend to re-use essential data, like passwords. Another suggestion is that you should use more authentication settings in order to make sure your account can’t be accessed by anyone else but you.
Dropbox made the announcement through a blog post, earlier this week, on August 25.
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