Way back in the dark ages (well, four years ago, anyway), something happened within file sharing vendor Dropbox that, all these years later, has come back to haunt the powerhouse and its customers. While the actions or inactions from all those years ago cannot be undone, it is worth looking at the situation as a cautionary tale for all of us, especially since so many more people rely on internet services today than only a few years ago.

Back in 2012, Dropbox informed the world that an employee’s password was “acquired” and that the password in question was used to access a document that contained the email addresses of Dropbox users. Dropbox informed users, by way of a blog post back in 2012, that:

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Ben Kepes

Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.