How to set up a YubiKey with a Dropbox account

How to set up a YubiKey with a Dropbox account?

With hardware security keys, you can get the additional protection of two-factor authentication to make your login procedure secure. Follow these step-by-step instructions to easily set up a U2F security key to work with your Dropbox accounts.

By the end of this tutorial, you will have enabled strong two-factor authentication, using a YubiKey with your Dropbox account.

Requirements

If your Dropbox account doesn’t already have two-step verification turned on, follow these steps to turn it on. If two-step verification is already enabled, continue with Step 2.

Step 1: Enabling two-step verification

  1. Sign in to your Dropbox account.
  2. Click your profile picture in the top right of the screen.
  3. Select Settings.
  4. Select the Security tab.
  5. Switch Two-step-verification to On.
  6. Click Get started.
  7. Enter your password.
  8. Select the method for obtaining one-time passwords via text messages or program for mobile devices.

Step 2: Adding a YubiKey for two-step verification

  1. Sign in to your Dropbox account.
  2. Click your profile picture in the top right of the screen.
  3. Select Settings.
  4. Select the Security tab.
  5. In the Two-Step Verification section, to the right of Security Keys, click Add. If this section is not displayed, follow the steps in Step 1, to enable two-step verification.
  6. Enter your password.
  7. Insert your YubiKey into a USB port, then click Begin setup.
  8. Click Key inserted.
  9. Wait your YubiKey to begin flashing, then tap the gold button or edge.

Congratulations! You have now added a Security Key by Yubico to your Dropbox account. Now it will be easy for you to log in to Dropbox with strong second-factor authentication. All that is required to login is to enter your username and password, then touch the button or gold-colored edge on your YubiKey.

What browsers versions support using YubiKey?

  • Google Chrome: since version 38.
  • Mozilla Firefox: since version 60.
  • Opera: since version 40.
  • Microsoft Edge: since build 17723.

* It is recommended to use the latest browser version.

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