Dropbox leaked 68 million passwords and did not notify users
Ever since the first cloud storage services were introduced, the number of their users and their popularity have been increasing. After all, keeping your data in a cloud is a really convenient way to backup and share it with others. Also such services allow you to synchronize files across multiple devices – we bet you’ve got at least a couple of them. However advantages offered by cloud storage come at a price – and we are not talking about subscription fees here, but safety of your data.
It is no secret that sophistication of our security systems goes hand-in-hand with advancement of technologies used by those who are trying to get unauthorized access to our private information. Even a simple mistake here can lead to grave consequences, as proved a recent leakage of more than 68 million passwords on Dropbox.
Actually not, apparently the passwords were stolen more than four years ago, it is just that we got to know about it fairly recently. Back in 2012 Dropbox reported that hackers managed to get access to users’ email addresses, but they did not mention neither the number of affected accounts nor that along with e-mail IDs passwords were stolen. How could this happen? Attackers got a hold of a Dropbox employee’s password – the same he used for a social networking website that was breached – and managed to get access to the Dropbox corporate database.
That easy, isn’t it? How much of data was lost was not known till the company discovered it on sale online a few weeks ago. Noticed an influx of spam messages since a couple of years ago? Were asked to change your credentials on logging in your account? Well, it’s likely your data is being sold somewhere. In 2014 there were rumors of another Dropbox compromise, luckily they haven’t been confirmed. Although who knows? It might be just a matter of time.
Not sure if you can trust Dropbox security system? Well, you’ve got good reasons not to, and may be it’s a high time to look around for a solution that helps you protect your data. CloudMounter, for example. This application by Eltima Software serves as a single point of access to all your cloud storage services.
The software mounts them all on your Mac in such a way that you can work with their contents and functionality as if they were just additional hard drives. Unlike other cloud storage clients, CloudMounter does not force you to copy your online data on a hard drive, it only does it when you choose to open a file. Thus no precious hard drive space is wasted. CloudMounter does not save your passwords and other sensitive information, logging in is executed through native APIs of the cloud accounts and passwords for FTP and WebDAV servers are kept securely in the Keychain. The developer is also planning to add an encryption functionality in the upcoming software upgrades.
Make sure to give CloudMounter a try, and you won’t have to worry about safety of your data anymore.
Version 1.2.277 (13th Jan, 2017) Release notes