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Dropbox yesterday emailed users who have not changed their passwords since mid-2012 to inform them they will be prompted to do so the next time they log in.

The cloud storage firm called the action a "preventative measure" and said that there was no indication user accounts had been improperly accessed. Users who held passwords created after mid-2012 were not affected, said the company.

In a blog post explaining what prompted the step, Dropbox said it had learned about an old set of user credentials (email addresses plus hashed and salted passwords) that were stolen in an incident the company reported in 2012.
Based on our threat monitoring and the way we secure passwords, we don't believe that any accounts have been improperly accessed. Still, as one of many precautions, we're requiring anyone who hasn't changed their password since mid-2012 to update it the next time they sign in.
The incident is likely related to the huge LinkedIn hack which saw 117 million account credentials posted online. It's thought that hackers tried the login details on other websites under the assumption that some people use the same passwords across different online services.

Dropbox has taken the opportunity to urge its users to consider enabling two-factor authentication when signing in, and has warned about the risk of re-using the same password across multiple sites.

Article Link: Dropbox Requiring Users to Change Old Passwords Dating Back to Mid-2012
 

thisisnotmyname

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Always a good idea to change your password even if you're not included in this group and I think I'll do so too.

And use a password management app so that you are not tempted to reuse a standard password across multiple sites. Generate unique strong passwords for every account and segment to prevent further fallout if any one account is compromised.
 

SandboxGeneral

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And use a password management app so that you are not tempted to reuse a standard password across multiple sites. Generate unique strong passwords for every account and segment to prevent further fallout if any one account is compromised.
Indeed. I've been using LastPass for years and am very happy with it.
 

Michael Scrip

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Well, the ones that need more than 5GB of data do. After all, 640kb (*) should be enough for everybody.

(* x 8192)

I'm not sure I follow.

Lots of people benefit from Dropbox. I use it do keep files accessible on my desktop computer, laptop and iPhone... and to share files with other people.
 

Eidorian

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And use a password management app so that you are not tempted to reuse a standard password across multiple sites. Generate unique strong passwords for every account and segment to prevent further fallout if any one account is compromised.
1Password here. It feels like a good time to change my DropBox password to something stronger...
 
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Interesting rumor on this Apple related article.
Indeed, since its related to a Mac App they provide, its something that is very related.

As to the news, changing one's password is always a good idea. It can be a pain to manage them, especially if you don't use an app like 1Password.
 
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CarpalMac

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Just stopped using dropbox as the IOS app is hopeless and has been for some time. One day my photos for uploading are up to date, the next it is trying to clear 13,000+. I let it do that so they are all cleared and then a few days later another 5,000 pop up from nowhere. I deleted the app and reinstalled and since then it makes the phone roasty warm if left running whilst apparently searching for images to upload. Reading up on the internet it sounds like Dropbox use a lesser AWS service in order to save money.

Started using Mega instead, hoping it will be better.
 

Amazing Iceman

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That was a joke about when, allegedly, Bill Gates said in 1981 that no one should ever need more than 640kb of RAM.
I also remember that, just that it was 640KB instead of 640kb. :D

Once TSR (Terminate and Stay Resident) apps started to appear, 640KB RAM started to become not enough.
Then, the Windows Runtime appeared, and the need for more RAM became even more evident.
 
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Shirasaki

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Well. My Dropbox password is actually a weak password. Just happen to be safe so far. Perhaps I need to change it for better security.
PS: weak=use the name of someone.
 

Raineer

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I got the email, but I've changed my password within the last few months. Logged in to the site and wasn't prompted to change (will anyway...)

I know it reads like "they sent the email only to folks who haven't changed since 2012", but I'm not so sure.
 

Kajje

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Oh I know the joke... I just didn't know how it related to Dropbox, password changing, and such.
I rephrase...
- Interesting rumor on this Apple related article.
- It's more of a "heads up" announcement since many Apple users also use Dropbox on their Macs and iPhones.
- Yes many Apple users also use Dropbox, definitely the ones that need more than the 5GB of iCloud storage.
 

Michael Scrip

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I rephrase...
- Interesting rumor on this Apple related article.
- It's more of a "heads up" announcement since many Apple users also use Dropbox on their Macs and iPhones.
- Yes many Apple users also use Dropbox, definitely the ones that need more than the 5GB of iCloud storage.

Gotcha. It was your reference to 5GB that threw me. I didn't know what you meant.

So do people really use Dropbox as a replacement for iCloud? That never crossed my mind... which is why I was confused by your statement.

Remember you only get 2GB of Dropbox for free.

That's why I didn't relate Dropbox to iCloud. I didn't think they were substitutes for each other.


But anyway.... your original comment seemed like you were confused why this article appeared on MacRumors. So I was just attempting to explain why.

We're all good now. :)
 
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mattwolfmatt

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Dropbox yesterday emailed users who have not changed their passwords since mid-2012 to inform them they will be prompted to do so the next time they log in.

Actually, they emailed all users, whether or not their password is very old. In the message, users were told that, if their password hasn't been changed since 2012, they need to change it.

I received the email, yet have logged into dropbox successfully today with my recently-changed password.
 

Floris

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Quite strange indeed. All those 'hacks' and leaks these days are from 2012. It was a good hack year I guess.

What's even stranger, I update my passwords at least once a year. I blog about this yearly as well. And I try to do it every season. Especially services, products, sites, etc that I find important to me. Such as Dropbox. Not sure why I got the email though. If it was meant for those who haven't changed their pass for 5+ years.
 
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