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Four Spring Cleaning Security Tips for Dropbox Users

If you’re like me, you probably installed Dropbox a few years ago and never looked back. After all, it just works! As great as that is, everything including solid applications like Dropbox still require maintenance from time to time and this is especially true you store sensitive data in your Dropbox account. Let’s take a look at some spring cleaning ideas to tighten up security a bit with your Dropbox account.

Change your Password

To start things off, let’s change our Dropbox Password. For me personally, I’ve never changed my Dropbox password EVER – so this is a good place to start. Oh, and before you freak out don’t worry. Changing your Dropbox password only impacts accessing Dropbox via the website and adding new devices. Older devices already syncing with Dropbox won’t be impacted by a password change.

Begin by logging into your Dropbox account via the website and click your username.

dropbox change password first step

From the dropdown, click Settings
Dropbox Settings

Click Account Settings

dropbox account settings tab

Change your Password using the old/new form. Remember, all passwords are not created equal so be sure to use my trick for creating a strong and secure password that is easy to remember.

dropbox change password

Click Change settings to save your new password.

dropbox apply settings

Configure Email Notifications

While your sitting in the Account Settings Tab, freshen things up a bit by confirming all the spam emails and Account Preferences for your account. Again, click Change settings to save your selections.

dropbox configure email preferences

Unlink Old Devices

Over the years I’ve added almost a dozen systems and mobile devices. Unfortunately, I’ve not always been very good about removing them after I rebuild the OS or get rid of the device. Let’s go in and unlink the devices we’re no longer using.

Click My computers and click Unlink on any systems which should no longer by Syncing. On my account, I have a few PC’s which haven’t synced with my Dropbox account for several years. Time to blow these away!

dropbox my computers tab

Remove Old Applications

As the popularity of Dropbox has grown over the years, so has the number of applications adding Dropbox support. When I took a look in my account I found a few applications I’m no longer using so let’s clean this up a bit.

Click the My Apps tab and delete any applications you no longer want to Sync with Dropbox by clicking the X on the Application Line.

dropbox my apps tab

Those are all the spring cleaning tips I can think of so if I missed one, please drop a note in the comments and I’ll add it to the groovyPost. Perhaps now that you’re in the cleaning mode, when is the last time you changed your Facebook Password or your Twitter Password? I’m just saying…  😉

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7 Responses to Four Spring Cleaning Security Tips for Dropbox Users

  1. Bogdan Bele June 1, 2012 at 8:40 am #

    Very good idea! I had about 15 or so devices linked 🙂

  2. Vadim June 1, 2012 at 9:02 am #

    Oh man… Half the devices and apps I don’t even recognize… Hacked?


    • Steve Krause June 1, 2012 at 10:24 am #

      Youch… Hopefully you just installed them a long time ago and forgot.

      Give me your password and I’ll log in and take a look for you…

      • ShockerSH June 2, 2012 at 8:34 am #

        Lol nice try Steve.

        • Steve Krause June 3, 2012 at 1:44 am #

          Worth a shot hehehe 🙂 and yes — I was only kidding Vadim!

  3. Lee G June 1, 2012 at 11:45 am #

    I wanted to share an application that helps make DropBox even more secure. The app is called Cloudfogger. I’ve been playing with it a couple of days and it looks like it does come in pretty handy, especially with all the issues dropbox has recently had.



  4. Jim Gambino June 1, 2012 at 10:44 pm #

    Cloudfogger may be good, but I’ve found one that is more secure (encrypts filenames as well, and is much more configurable, it is called Duplicati – I highly recommend it, You can configure it to automatically sync to any external drives, skydrive, dropbox, Amazon, NAS, another computer on your network, WebDav, and more. It will run in the background run incremental backups according to a schedule taht you configure, and is the most useful Cloud/External Backup Encryption App that I have found.

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