You can now lock your Dropbox account with a USB key. I don’t quite think people comprehend what a stupid idea this is…

From Engadget:

If you’re so concerned about the security of your Dropbox account that even two-factor authentication through your phone seems too risky, you can rest easy. The cloud storage outfit has added support for USB keys as part of the two-factor sign-in process. Rather than punch in a code, you just plug in a stick to prove that it’s really you. You’ll need a key that meets FIDO’s Universal 2nd Factor standard, but this key will also work with Google and any other U2F-capable service. Frankly, this is a long-due upgrade — if you regularly access Dropbox from PCs, you won’t have to worry quite so much that someone will get your login details and swipe your files.

So just to clear up any confusion, you need a special super secret flash drive.

Why not just buy something like this and carry your files with you?

“Oh sorry, I can’t get that file off of Dropbox for you because I left my flash drive with the key on at home”

10 internet points to the person that sold this idea to their boss.

[Engadget]