Dropbox is urging users to update their passwords immediately

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If you use Dropbox but haven’t changed your password since mid 2012, you need to update your login credentials immediately, the company has said.

The popular cloud storage company has said that users should change their password as a precaution, and not because any of its accounts have been compromised in a security breach.

“The next time you visit dropbox.com, you may be asked to create a new password. We proactively initiated this password update prompt for Dropbox users who meet certain criteria,” the company said in a blog post.

“This is purely a preventive measure, and we’re sorry for the inconvenience,” the company also said in an email.

Dropbox said it was informing users of the measure after its security teams discovered an old set of Dropbox credentials including emails and passwords that were obtained back in 2012, which the company disclosed at the time.

“Based on our threat monitoring and the way we secure passwords, we don’t believe that any accounts have been improperly accessed. Still, as one of many precautions, we’re requiring anyone who hasn’t changed their password since mid-2012 to update it the next time they sign in”, the company said.

The news comes in the wake of several high profile security breaches, including a that of LinkedIn, which also took place in 2012.

Problems for users occur when they use the same email address and password across multiple online accounts.

“If you don’t receive a prompt, you don’t need to do anything. However, for any of you who’ve used your Dropbox password on other sites, we recommend you change it on Dropbox and other services,” Dropbox said on its blog.

As well as updating passwords, Dropbox is also recommending that users start using the two step authentication feature when they reset their password.

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