Anyone who uses the excellent cloud-based file storage service Dropbox may be in for a rude shock. Hackers breached the firewalls of the firm’s security and stole emails, passwords, and data. Well over 60 million users’ credentials were stolen in the breach, something that surely has to agitate and aggravate anyone who put trust in the company. In the current internet security landscape, breaches of this nature happen. Dealing with those breaches is something people will need to accept. Of course, it would not hurt if companies took even greater steps to maximize security to keep breaches of this nature from thoroughly and utterly damaging confidence in tech companies.
Then again, the Dropbox breach occurred due to circumstances that saw the hackers capitalize on errors. The password of an employee was stolen. With the stolen password, access beyond the firewalls of Dropbox’s security was possible. By the time Dropbox became aware of the situation, it was too late.
A host of lessons can be learned from this disastrous development. For one, no one should assume any tech company offering a browser-based service is free from security breaches and hacking.
Taking better care of one’s passwords and constantly changing them absolutely would be advisable. Using different passwords for every account is absolutely recommended. This way, if one email and one password is acquired by a hacker, the hacker does not have access to each and every account owned by the unlucky individual. The hacker is going to run those combos through a ton of popular retail sites – and to the sad chagrin of whoever’s passwords were stolen.
Keeping sensitive files in the cloud may be a bad idea, too. A better plan may be to only store those files that do not reveal sensitive account numbers or personal info on the cloud. Keeping them on a flash drive may be the best plan. Granted, even flash drives run the risk of being breached. 100% security is not likely possible.
Still effective and careful steps should be taken. Among them would be staying on top of security-related news. How many of the people who have impacted in the hack even know what has taken place? A great many are probably totally unaware, which is to their detriment.