Create a secure password for your Dropbox account

We highly recommend everyone take steps to improve their own safety on Dropbox and elsewhere online. Here are some common password protection techniques to keep your online accounts safe and secure.

Create unique passwords for each service you use

The safest thing to do is to choose unique passwords for each service you use and guard them closely. If you’ve ever used the same password for more than one website, you should create new unique passwords for each of them.

Tools like 1Password can help you manage strong passwords across multiple sites to make your accounts safer.

Tips to create strong passwords

A good password is one that is easy for you to remember but hard for a stranger to guess. Uncommon words work well, but only if you use several together. The following are also helpful:

  • Non-standard uppercasing (for example, "uPPercasing")
  • Non-standard word spelling (for example, "spellllllling")
  • Using personal slang words
  • Non-obvious numbers and symbols (note: using "$" for "s" or "0" for "o" is fairly common and likely not enough of a security measure).

Change your passwords from time to time

Another way to help keep your passwords secure is by keeping them fresh. It’s a good idea to change them regularly, or any time you're concerned about the security of your account, and never repeat previously used passwords.

Learn how to reset your Dropbox password.

Enable two-step verification

Two-step verification adds an extra layer of security to your account. Every time you sign in to Dropbox, you'll be required to enter a unique code sent to your phone, or a one-time, time-limited code generated from a supported mobile app, like Google Authenticator. This is a highly effective way to protect your account from unauthorized access.

Learn how to enable two-step verification.

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