Dropbox two-step verification is much secured as compared to other security options like security question, email ID, secret key, etc. 2-step verification is an optional feature, however, it is highly recommended for security reasons that adds an extra layer of protection to your Dropbox account. The two-step verification security feature of Dropbox is something like Google 2 step verification.
Two-step verification – an extra strong layer of security. It protects your account with both your password and phone number.
The dropbox two-step verification is little different from Google because it doesn’t support voice call to receive authentication code or one-time password (OTP). If you are using any smartphone like Android, iOS, Windows Phone or BlackBerry, you can download the Authenticator app & generate authentication codes locally on your phones or choose to receive the 6 digit security code on your cell phone by a text SMS.
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Dropbox two-factor authentication system also provides emergency backup code so that you can get back into your account, in-case you lost your phone. At the time of enabling two-step verification feature, you receive a special 16 digits emergency backup code. It is important to write this 16 digits backup code and keep it somewhere safe.
Enable Dropbox Two Step Verification
After enabling two-step verification, each time you use a new device to access Dropbox website or your account, you will be needed to enter your password and 6 digit code that you’ll receive on your register phone number.
Follow below steps to enable two-factor verification on your Dropbox account:
- Sign in to your Dropbox Account from any web browser.
- Click on your name from the top-right corner of the webpage to open your account menu.
- Click Settings from the account menu => Security tab => Now Enable this feature next to the Status for Two-step verification => Click on Get Started.
- Next, you’ll need to enter your Dropbox account password for account security. After entering the password, you will be asked to pick a method for receiving authentication code in the future.
- Here you’ll need to choose an appropriate option between receiving codes via phone SMS or using an authenticator app. For text messages option, just add a mobile phone number and you’re all set. If you plan to generate codes via mobile app, follow these steps:
- Scan the dropbox barcode with your authenticator app. Dropbox supports Google Authenticator app (available for Android, iPhone & BlackBerry), Authenticator (Windows Phone 7), Amazon AWS MFA (Android) and Duo Mobile (Android, iPhone).
- Type the six-digit secret code received from SMS or authenticator app into the box and click next.
- Enter a backup mobile number. It’s optional but important in case lose access to your primary security code source.
You will receive a 16-digit code that can be used in-case you lose your device. Keep regenerated emergency backup code in a safe place and never share this with anyone. Now click onand all done.
Well, no one can ensure 100% safety, but taking an extra step towards security can be somehow better.
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