Howto protect your identity if your Dropbox account is hacked

Was Your Dropbox Hacked?

Dropbox is a storage and sharing solution that hundreds of millions of users world-wide use to store everything from those great vacation snapshots to their important business files. It’s easy to use, it’s fast, and it frees up your own hard drive for more important things like your World of Warcraft account.

That’s why it was such a big deal when Business Insider reported a breach involving 7 million Dropbox accounts. Dropbox reps were quick to report that the hack wasn’t perpetrated on Dropbox servers (confirmed by reliable sources like Forbes), but elsewhere on the web. The stolen information was then used in attempts to log into various online accounts, including Dropbox.

Knowing that the hacks didn’t start at Dropbox does little to calm people’s fears that their account might be hacked like so many already have been. According to Anton Mityagin, there are several precautions Dropbox account holders should take to increase the security on their accounts. Let’s go through some of these expert security tips along with what to do if your account has already been hacked.

1. Check Your Email Account

This is usually the end game for most hackers, so you should start here. Use LogDog to scan your email accounts for any personal information that could compromise your security. The mobile intrusion detection app will find this sensitive data, inform you, and instruct you on how to get rid of it.

2. Change Your Passwords & Use Smart Password Practices

As Mityagin mentioned in his report, Dropbox account holders need to use better password security. This means selecting a hard-to-guess password that isn’t easy to figure out (that means nix dictionary words, your birthday, your dog’s name, etc.). You can make passwords more complex by adding in characters (like the ! or the #), numbers, and uppercase letters.

A password should never be used for more than one account. This is just begging hackers to take that stolen password and skip around the web unlocking each of your accounts. Use a unique password for each account, and use a password manager to keep track of all those codes.

3. Get Mobile Alerts

Hackers take advantage of the fact that people are too busy with life to constantly check up on all their various online accounts. They quietly hack into an account, and move around unnoticed for some time. Having mobile alerts set up to alert you whenever something suspicious is going on with your Dropbox account allows you to gain the upper hand and stay protected against these attacks.

Quick Recovery Steps

  1. Check your email account
  2. Change your Dropbox password
  3. Enable two-step verification