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Apple iCloud Hacking Danger Real: How To Protect Your Account

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You may have read in the news that a group of hackers is blackmailing Apple into paying $100,000 (£79,000) in return for the deletion of what they claimed was customers’ iCloud login information. While Apple has flatly denied the claims recently, saying such scheme is impossible, it’s still a good idea to check your Apple ID and iCloud account today and make sure it’s protected. Here’s how you can secure yours from any iCloud hacker:

Change Your Password

The first step you can take is to change your Apple ID password. Even if you think you haven’t been hacked, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Business Insider urges every Apple user not to use the same password across different services to lower the chances of being hacked. Also, avoid making short and predictable passwords. Make them random and unique instead.

Enable Two-Factor Authentication

Enabling two-factor authentication (2FA) can also secure your account from Apple iCloud hacking. Turning on such features give you an extra layer of security. It means that whenever you log into your account from a new device, you will have to provide two types of information: your password and a special code which is sent to one of your other Apple devices. The second one is a sex-digit code that can either be texted to you or be automatically displayed in a pop-up window.

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Apple iCloud Hacking: Enabling Two-Factor Authentication is annoying, but it’s the best way to ensure that your account remains your own.

After you sign in, you won’t get a code again unless you sign out, erase the device or change your password. The 2FA feature requires a device that uses iOS 9 or OS X El Capitan. To set it up, follow the steps below:

On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 9 or later:

  1. Go to Settings > iCloud > Apple ID.
  2. Tap Password & Security.
  3. Enable ‘Turn on Two-Factor Authentication’.

On your Mac with OS X El Capitan or later:

  1. Go to Apple (?) menu > System Preferences > iCloud > Account Details.
  2. Tap Security.
  3. Enable ‘Turn on Two-Factor Authentication’.

Remove All Personal Data

According to Tom’s Guide, you can also remove all your personal data and photos from iCloud and store them somewhere else. Google Photos, for example, is available for iOS and also automatically backs up and labels your photos as you take them. But the site cautions that even alternative file storage services like Google’s are being targeted by other hackers too. So it’s still more advisable to just make your iCloud account secure than to migrate all your data to other services that aren’t as secure.

Also Read: Wikileaks Vault 7: Apple Says All Exploits Have Been Fixed

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