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Dropbox users can now secure accounts with a USB key

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Cloud storage service Dropbox has announced support for USB security keys to enable users to physically keep their accounts locked down.

The support for the tech known as Universal 2nd Factor (U2F) means users can by-pass having to type in a two-factor verification code from a secondary device when signing into Dropbox.

After typing in their password, Dropbox users can insert the USB key rather than typing in a six-digit code before assessing their account.

The company says the addition, which compliments two-factor rather than replaces it, means users won’t have to worry about phone batteries dying when they need a security code.

Dropbox says the technology, which Google announced support for last October, will provide users additional protection against phishing attacks.

In a post on its official blog the firm wrote: “Security keys provide stronger defence against credential theft attacks like phishing."

“Even if you’re using two-step verification with your phone, some sophisticated attackers can still use fake Dropbox websites to lure you into entering your password and verification code. They can then use this information to access your account.”

Once users have obtained a security key (it’ll need to be FIDO-approved), it’s easy to set up via the Security tab in the Dropbox Settings. Users can browse to Security Keys and select Add.

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Currently the tech is only supported on Dropbox.com using the Google Chrome web browser.

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