Dropbox enables two-factor verification in "experimental build"

Dropbox logoRoughly a month after Dropbox said it would offer two-factor authentication, the cloud-based storage company has quietly done so in an experimental build of the application. In the wake of the Mat Honan hack and Dropbox’s own security problems, the company seems to have taken a stronger tactic for hardening user accounts.

In a discussion in the company’s online forums, Jie T., a Dropbox developer, said the company would be adding two-step verification as an optional add-on “sometime in the next few days.”

“Two-step verification adds an extra layer of protection to your account by requiring an additional security code that is sent to your phone by text message or generated using a mobile authenticator app,” he wrote last Friday. “We'd like to give our loyal forum viewers a chance to try it out first.”

Dropbox enables two-factor verification in experimental build

To use it before the official release comes out, Dropbox users have to upgrade to the latest “forum build,” version 1.5.12. Once that’s installed, users are required to click the two-step verification link and enable the option.

Similar to Google’s two-factor authentication for Gmail users, Dropbox’s version gives the option of receiving a text message with a six-number code, or a private list of codes that can be used offline.

The company has remained quiet on both its Twitter account and its blog regarding when this build of the application will be rolled out officially.

Source: Ars Technica

Tags: cloud computing, Dropbox

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