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Your Dropbox account has been designed to store some of your most important documents. To better secure your Dropbox account, consider activating two-factor authentication. With this type of authentication, there's a more substantial barrier against would-be hackers by requiring anyone who attempts to access your account have both your password and access to your mobile devices. Here's how to set it up.

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How to set up two-factor authentication for Dropbox

  1. Log into your Dropbox account at the official website.
  2. Click your account at the top right of the page.
  3. Choose Settings from the pull-down menu.

    To set up two-factor authentication for Dropbox, log into your Dropbox account online, click your account at the top right of the page, then choose Settings from the pull-down menu. Source: iMore

  4. Choose Security at the top of the page.
  5. Toggle on Two-Factor Authentication.

    To set up two-factor authentication for Dropbox, choose Security at the top of the page, then toggle on Two-Factor Authentication.Source: iMore

  6. Click Get Started in the box.
  7. Add your Dropbox password in the box.
  8. Choose Next.

    To set up two-factor authentication for Dropbox, choose Get Started in the box, then add your Dropbox password, then choose Next.Source: iMore

  9. Choose how to receive your security code. Choices include Use text messages or Use a mobile app.
  10. Click Next after making your choice.

Using text message for authentication

  1. Add your phone number for your mobile device in the boxes.
  2. Choose Next.

Follow the directions, which include confirming that you received information from your mobile phone.

To use a text message for authentication, add your phone number, then choose Next.Source: iMore

Using a mobile app for authentication

  1. Scan the barcode on the screen using your mobile phone to open up your authenticator app.
  2. Choose Next.
  3. Add the six-digit code from your authenticator app.
  4. Select Next.
  5. Add an optional phone number.
  6. Choose Next one final time.

    To use a mobile app for authentication, scan the barcode using your mobile device, which will bring up your authenticator app. Choose Next on the Dropbox website. Add the six-digit code from your authenticator app. Source: iMore

After activating two-factor authentication, you'll need to use your Dropbox password and mobile device to log into your Dropbox account for the first time on a new device.

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