Dropbox Adds Two-Step Verification, 1Password Users Asked to Wait.

The popular backup and file syncing service, Dropbox, has just announced that two-factor authentication is now available for users.

This is great news and it’s nice to see more and more websites start to use two-factor authentication.

Dropbox Two-Step Verification
Enabling Two-Step Authentication for Dropbox.

If you don’t use 1Password app, you should go enable it now.

1Password Users, Hold on a Sec.

For those of us who use 1Password, you might be surprised to hear that the 1Password team recommends that most users should wait a bit while a few things are tested and looked into.

This is mostly due to it being a very new feature with little documentation, and the team wants to ensure should anything go wrong or get stolen, your data is always accessible.

The “Agile Bits” team (creators of 1Password app) always does an amazing job at explaining their decisions and app in depth, so I highly recommend you read their post before enabling two-factor auth in Dropbox.

The 1Password team specifically updated their post with the following optimistic snippet:

In conjunction with Dropbox moving this out of beta and the experience of lots of 1Password users switching over to two-step authentication, I’ve become much more optimistic about when we will feel more comfortable recommending this to 1Password users. I changed my guess of “months” to “weeks”

So there you have it. If you don’t use a password manager (bad computer user, bad!) then you should enable this right away. If you do use the 1Password app or a similar password manager, you should read the blog post first and make your own decision.

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