Don’t let Dropbox drop something nasty into your computer

How someone tried to send me a virus using Dropbox – A Lesson in Security

First of all, let me start by saying I have nothing against Dropbox. As a tool for sharing files with clients and colleagues or for backing up files, I love it. It’s easy and intuitive to use and makes many aspects of my work much easier. But like all things, you need to think how it could be used to breach your security.

But I just wanted to tell you of how it can be used to transmit a virus to you. I’m very keen on security. In my time, I’ve seen lots of ways of people trying to get nasty things but this was a new delivery method on me. Hence the share. It works the same way many do – by looking like something or someone you trust.

This turned up in my inbox.

What’s this from Dropbox

Now I know lots of people, but Laurie Padilla isn’t a name that rings a bell. Not even a little tinkle! Although it does start an alarm bell in my mental security centre.

Next when I see the email I can see that they sent it to a pretty strange address:

Dropbox being used to breach security

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