As reported by Techdows, Dropbox is allowing beta users to enable two-step verification on their accounts. Two-step verification requires users to enter a six-digit security code along with their password when they login to Dropbox or add a new computer, phone or tablet to their account.

Users need to install the latest forum build of Dropbox (version 1.5.12) to their computer and then visit Dropbox’s website to activate the two-step verification. Customers will have to choose between receiving their security code via text messaging or an authentication app like Google Authenticator (free). Mac users who are familiar with the OS X Terminal app can also consider using the OATH Tool to generate the code. Dropbox also includes an emergency backup code that customers can save for emergency access to their account if they lose their phone.

Though it my be inconvenient to enter in two codes each time you login to Dropbox, it’s worth it for the extra security. You can follow the instructions in Dropbox’s forum post and on its website to get started.

[Via The Verge]

Dropbox two-step verification available for testing originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 27 Aug 2012 11:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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