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Windows 7: Dropbox prompts users to reset old passwords

26 Aug 2016   #1
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 
Dropbox prompts users to reset old passwords

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Dropbox is asking users to change their old passwords as part of a "preventative measure".

In a blog post, the file-sharing and cloud storage company called out to users who haven't changed their passwords since mid-2012, saying the login credentials are potentially at risk and should be updated.

Dropbox insists, however, that it's just being pragmatic, and that there's no indication any accounts have been compromised.

Instead, Dropbox is just trying to shore up any loose ends from a previous security breach disclosed in 2012, when it discovered that usernames and passwords were stolen from other websites and used to log into a "small number" of Dropbox accounts...


Read more: Dropbox prompts users to reset old passwords | ZDNet

See also: Resetting passwords to keep your files safe | | Dropbox Blog


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29 Aug 2016   #2
Joan Archer

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 32 bit/Windows 10 64bit
 
 

Got the email about this a couple of days ago Shawn, not logged into the account yet, I really must get myself into gear.
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29 Aug 2016   #3
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
I always love it when a company says only a small number of users are affected
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29 Aug 2016   #4
IoNGeNeRaL

Windows 10 Pro x64 (UPGRADED - 10/20/2016)
 
 

It's a bit redundant for me as I use the two-step verification method with my account. I haven't received any push notifications of any login attempts so I guess I'm good.
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31 Aug 2016   #5
RogerR

7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Hi,
I always love it when a company says only a small number of users are affected
68 million is a small number, right?

https://www.theguardian.com/technolo...8m-data-breach

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The company had around 100m customers at the time, meaning the data dump represents over two-thirds of its user accounts.
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31 Aug 2016   #6
Joan Archer

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 32 bit/Windows 10 64bit
 
 

I logged into my account earlier and I wasn't asked to change my password, I was working on putting things in folders, before the photos were just showing from when they were uploaded, most of them come from my phone.
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07 Sep 2016   #7
WindowRobin

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Luckily I've changed my password since back then! Had to read to the end of the article for the interesting bit though...:

"In 2013, Dropbox admitted that it had inadvertently published code on its website that allowed anyone to sign in to any Dropbox account without credentials."

I didn't hear about this... that's like inadvertently leaving your house keys and address on a busy street corner!
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07 Sep 2016   #8
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

The big question is why was there code created 'that allowed anyone to sign in to any Dropbox account without credentials' in the first place?

And, if that code exists, changing your password won't help at all. And why did it take them 3 years to tell their customers?
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07 Sep 2016   #9
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

To me it brings even a bigger question to the table.

How secure is any Cloud bases storage?
The all state they are secure and yet we read about all the hacks.
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11 Sep 2016   #10
RogerR

7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
How secure is any Cloud bases storage?
The all state they are secure and yet we read about all the hacks.
That is the correct question. And as Dropbox illustrates so clearly, when there is a data breach it may be years until the customer becomes aware. By then, your horse has not merely left the stable, it has wandered widely and been well-ridden by others!

If you aren't paying full price for the product - you are the product. Even when you do pay, you may still be the product. The consequences to companies for broken promises is minimal, so there is no incentive to make any changes beyond bigger promises.
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