When Dropbox suffered a severe data breach hackers walked away with 68 million records that enclosed the email addresses, passwords and confidential data of businesses right across the world!
I wish this was merely a story… unfortunately it’s a fact.
So here’s your official warning if you didn’t know. Have you changed your Dropbox password yet? Data was leaked and it’s now available for free to everyone.
Not just the hackers, everyone.
Users weren’t alerted until August 2016 when hackers made the breach public and they started selling email addresses and passwords online.
But the good news is, your private details aren’t for sale anymore. The bad news is they’re now free to download!
You can thank Thomas White aka The Cthulhu. If you haven’t heard of Thomas – this isn’t the first time he’s accessed hacked data and made it free to the public. Remember the Ashley Madison incident? Embarrassing for many.
But Thomas is not the hacker. He represents something more frightening… (p.s. you can skip along right here to a free trial if you already get that you need a better solution to backup your files).
He represents the flow-on effect of the Dropbox data breach. Hackers have your private information – but now, so does the entire world. Including your competitors and clients if they choose.
(… changed your password yet? hint hint)
Dropbox For Business Is Dead
Back in 2007, businesses started using Dropbox as an easy, fast and cost effective way of storing files across multiple devices. Let’s face it, that’s smart – it saves emailing documents back and forwards, or losing sensitive data on USB drives as you transfer it.
Dropbox used to be a wonderful place, until hackers started using it as their playground.
But the story gets worse. Not only were companies using it for daily file management, but some of the less savvy ones began using Dropbox as file backup. All data, from basic to sensitive was now available for hacking and deleting!
The Dropbox breach didn’t just put day to day files at risk, but also important backed up files like private client information, bank details and passwords to other sites. Data that, if in the wrong hands, could damage reputations, businesses and lives.
… Case in point, the public sharing of hacked Ashley Madison information.
“But it’ll never happen to me” – sadly, if you’re on Dropbox then we’re pretty sure it won’t be a case of IF… but WHEN.
The Dropbox hack happened to 68 million people. That accounted for almost every single registered user at the time. Dropbox now has over 500 million users, and hackers are already working on their next attack.
Keep Your Data Safe With These Smart Business Practices
The most security conscious thing you can do right now for your business is STOP using Dropbox as backup for originals, archives, working files – everything! Once those files are hacked and deleted they are irretrievable. And if you lose client files, on a known unsecured platform you are at risk of being charged for negligence in data security.
Just move everything to a secure online backup, and you won’t have to worry about any of this.
And if you must use Dropbox for day to day operations, follow these best practices:
- Change your password immediately. Especially if you haven’t since the big hack!
- Never store sensitive files on Dropbox, not even temporarily.
- Always change passwords regularly.
- Never use the same password across multiple sites.
- Use a password generator to create strong passwords.
Hackers aren’t going anywhere, in fact – they’re moving faster than many can keep up. The best thing you can do is practice ‘hack-proof’ file management.
Now while we may be a little bias, we hope you will believe us when we say Dropbox is the enemy of all Business Owners!
To putting the back into backup!