How To Enable/Disable Two Step Verification In Dropbox

When Google started the two step verification process in order to secure Google accounts, no one knew that it would become more popular with other services and vendors embracing the concept of two step authentication. The concept of two step verification is very simple. Instead of using just a password to access your account or service, you’ll need your password as well as a secret code sent to your mobile phone via SMS.

Dropbox is a very popular cloud storage service which is used by millions of people. It has been vulnerable to security threats so the Dropbox people have also implemented the two step verification in all Dropbox accounts. You will need to have Dropbox 1.4.7 in order to enable two step verification on your Desktop app.

Enabling two step verification

To enable two step verification in Dropbox, follow the steps below:

  1. Go to the security section of your Dropbox account.
  2. Under Account sign in, you’ll see Two-step verification which will be disabled by default. Click on Change link to start.
    enable two step verification
  3. A wizard will open up and will guide you through the rest of the process. You’ll first need to enter your password before continuing.
  4. After entering your password, you will be given two options, whether to use text messages for receiving the security codes or use mobile apps which are available for iPhone and Android.
    enable two step verification text or mobile app
  5. In the next step, you’ll need to enter your phone number (if you have selected "Use text messages" option in step 4).
  6. Dropbox will send you an SMS with a 6 digit security code which you have to enter on the next screen.
  7. At the end, you’ll get an emergency backup code which can be used to disable two step verification in case you lose access to your mobile phone.
    code to disable two step verification
  8. Once your have enabled two step verification feature on your Dropbox account, you should download the latest Dropbox installers which support sign in via two step verification.

Disabling two step verification

If you are having problem with the two step verification in Dropbox, you can easily and safely disable this feature and return to the default password only verification and authentication. Follow the steps below in order to disable two step verification in Dropbox:

  1. Go to the security section of your Dropbox account.
  2. Under Account sign in, click on the Change link in front of "Two step verification"
  3. You will be prompted for your account password. Enter your account password and continue.
  4. Click on the Disable two step verification button in order to disable this security feature.

I have yet to see a situation where the emergency backup code will be needed to disable this feature. If the emergency backup code is not needed to disable two step verification then it is of no use. Anyone knows what is the purpose of this emergency backup code?

If you are not happy with Dropbox, you can try out Bitcasa, a free Dropbox alternative with unlimited storage space.

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