Dropbox may offer free storage as an incentive for users who complete a security healthcheck on their accounts
Cloud storage service, Dropbox, may offer free storage as an incentive for users who complete a security healthcheck on their accounts.
The news comes from the company’s head of trust and security, Patrick Heim, in an interview with IT Pro.
According to Heim, Dropbox has been the target of many attacks, which happen everyday. The attackers use different methods, including phishing emails being sent to users. These email scam messages actually harvest the data by stealing the users passwords or are linked to malicious downloads, which infects the user’s computers.
Dropbox says it detects malicious attempts to log in and protects user accounts. If any such attempt is found, it blocks the account, and then notifies the user about the same, and forces the user to change the password.
Dropbox is reportedly prepared to face the worst. For instance, even if its servers are hacked and passwords are stolen, it would be of no use to anyone. This is because Dropbox encrypts the passwords, to protect users.
“One of the things we’re working on right now is a project we haven’t broadly disclosed yet, but it’s really to incentivise consumers to go through a security healthcheck both in terms of the authentication settings, the sharing settings, etcetera, and when they complete that they may get additional free storage space as an incentive.”