Everyone knows that your primary email account is the lynchpin of your digital security: if someone gains access to that it's likely you could face quite a bit of damage, not unlike what happened to Mat Honan earlier this month. Your Dropbox account is a close number two, however, especially if you have passwords and other private files synced with your account, so we're glad to hear that two-step authentication is now available as an optional extra security feature.
Although somewhat cumbersome, two-step authentication — particularly for such a sensitive repository of data — makes plenty of sense.
Following a recent lapse in security on one of my Google Apps accounts, I've enabled two-step authentication on all my services that allow it. When doing so, I was somewhat struck by Dropbox's lack of compatibility. Thus, today's news is certainly welcome.
The security layer, which is not yet fully public, is now available for voluntary activation, should you wish to enable it. Before doing so, The Verge highlights that the functionality requires a beta version of Dropbox, and also cautions that the service is oddly bereft of backup options for gaining an emergency access code.
The formal public version should become available "over the next few days."