How to enable two-factor authentication on your Dropbox account

dropbox-logoRegular readers of this blog know that I’m a huge fan of two-factor authentication for online accounts. For those who might have missed them, I have already written posts explaining how to enable it on Facebook and Twitter.

Two factor authentication is a security measure which requires you to enter a verification code that’s sent to your mobile phone before you’ll be allowed to log in to your account. This effectively locks your online account as tight as a virtual drum since a hacker would need physical access to your cell phone in order to break into your account.

The steps below explain how to quickly and easily enable two-step verification on your Dropbox account: 

1 – Log in to your Dropbox account.

2 – Click on your name in the upper right-hand corner of the page to open the “Account” menu.

3 – Click Settings.

4 – Select the Security tab.

5 – Scroll down to the “Account sign in” section and click Enable beside the “Two-step verification” label.

6 – Enter your Dropbox password.

7 - Choose whether you would prefer to receive your security code via text message or mobile app. Personally, I prefer using the text message over the app. I recommend that you do the same.

8 – Enter the phone number for the mobile phone you’d like to use to receive the text messages containing the verification codes, then click the Next button.

9 – Your phone will now receive a text message from Dropbox containing your first verification code. Enter it when prompted in order to complete the process of enabling two-step verification on your Dropbox account.

That’s all there is to it! From now on you’ll need to enter the verification code that’s “texted” to your phone each time you try to log in to your Dropbox account. If you don’t successfully enter the correct code you won’t be allowed to sign in even if your password was correct. This ensures that a hacker would need physical access to your phone in order to break into your account.

If you haven’t done so already, I also recommend enabling two-factor authentication on your other online accounts. You’ll find instructions for doing that for several of the most popular websites at the following links: