If you or someone you know uses Dropbox for personal or professional use to share files, this information is important to you.
It was recently reported in Computer World, and other sources, that approximately 68 million Dropbox accounts were hacked in August 2016, but that hack stems back to a larger Dropbox breach in 2012. Individuals that really need to be concerned are people who haven’t changed their Dropbox password since 2012.
Hackers know that most people who use free online services are likely to use the same password in various online accounts. These criminals know that once they get someone’s password for one online service, it’s likely that same password will work in other places as well. Once email addresses and passwords get on hacker lists, they’re traded on the Internet to other hackers and spammers.
Dropbox users who want to know more about protecting their personal information should go to https://www.dropbox.com/security#authentication to learn more.
To check to see if your personal email address is “pwned” (a hacker term for ‘owned’) check out https://haveibeenpwned.com/. This website is a pretty interesting place.