Dropbox adds two-step verification security following hack

Dropbox has improved its security after it was hacked recently, taking a leaf out of Google's book.

Good news if you use Dropbox: the cloud storage service has beefed up its security by adding two-step verification. So if someone wants to get their grubby mitts on your files, they'll need more than just your password.

Dropbox announced it would implement the security measure after it was hacked recently .

Digital Inspiration has a handy walk-through guide on how to set up two-step verification (which sounds like a UK garage outfit to me). It's very similar to Google's own two-step verification, so if you've already set it up for your Gmail, you'll know the drill.

If not, here's how it works: you can choose to receive a six-digit security code on your phone via SMS, or you can download the Authenticator app and generate codes on your smart phone. Just head to your account's security page, and near the bottom you'll be able to activate the feature. Enter your phone number, and you're good to go. Next time you log in, you'll be asked for the code as well as your password.

You'll also get an emergency backup code, should you lose your phone.

If you've synced Dropbox with your phones and tablets, just re-link them and they'll require the six-digit code too.

A 'small number' of Dropbox users were hacked recently, after hackers got hold of an internal document listing its customers' account details. Those affected were inundated with spam. A Wired journalist was hacked recently as well, after digital ne'er-do-wells managed to access his iCloud account through Apple's tech support. They wiped his MacBook Air , iPhone and iPad within minutes.

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is wise to the problems with storing everything in the cloud, predicting "it's going to be horrendous." So stay safe out there.

Are you worried about cloud storage? How much do you use it? Let me know in the comments, or on our Facebook page.

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