Dropbox hacked and 68 million user accounts potentially compromised.
Who is at risk? Find out how to protect your password!
In late August 2016, Dropbox sent out a warning email requesting all users reset their passwords.
This started a lot of rumors and Dropbox has since confirmed that a data dump, containing 68 million Dropbox user IDs with hashed passwords, was obtained by unknown hackers.
The leaked passwords are not in plain text. They are hashed (some in bcyrpt and some in SHA) and the SHA hashes are salted. This means the passwords are encrypted and would still need to be cracked in order to hack individual accounts.
The strength of our passwords and how we manage your passwords will affect our risk of being hacked.
WHO IS AT RISK?
The strange thing about this breach is that this data dump is only for users active in 2012 and it is unknown when or how the data dump was obtained.
Anyone with Dropbox account that was active in 2012 and has not changed his or her password since 2012. The risk is even greater for those that re-use the same passwords across multiple sites.
Those with strong passwords that follow good security practice are at minimal risk.
HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF
We can’t control a breach but we can make it next to impossible for potential hackers to crack our passwords.
We all know that we need to implement stronger passwords. We know we are meant to have different passwords for each account, but thinking up and remembering passwords and then keeping track of all of them is a real pain.
TAKE THE PAIN OUT OF PASSWORDS
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About the Author
Christopher is an IT specialist with 30 years of experience in developing technology working with corporates and SME’s. Chris is a Microsoft Certified System Engineer and holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, as well as numerous certificate based qualifications in technology and application development.