Apple’s iPhone is one of the top selling mobile devices of all time. If you don’t have one yourself, you definitely know someone with one. Today, cell phones hold entire lives in their memory: credit cards, personal information, contacts, etc. It is important that should anyone try to access this information, they are stopped by a strong security protocol.
A hacker group, known as the Turkish Crime Family, says they can access 250 million iCloud accounts. On April 7, they claim they will access these accounts and change the passwords, locking the owners out. A $700,000 ransom is being posted by these hackers, who are also threatening to wipe all the devices if demands are not met.
Needless to say, it is better to be safe than to be sorry in this scenario. Apple has a respectable track record when it comes to security, but there are two things you can do to make your account even more secure.
Make your password unique!
Using a password that is different from any other account you may have is the best practice in protecting your iCloud information. Here are some tips for creating a secure password:
– Use 12-15 characters consisting of letters, numbers, and symbols.
– Avoid using terms such as your name, streets you live or have lived on, your employer, your pet’s name, etc. Ideally, anything that can be traced back to your identity should not be used.
Here’s how you can change your password:
1. Go to www.icloud.com, and log in with your current credentials.
2. Click on the “Settings” icon.
3. Under where it says “Apple ID” at the top of the page, click “Manage”
4. In the “Security” section, you’ll see a link that says “Change Password…”
A small window will appear, allowing you to change the password.
Enable Two-Factor Authentication!
This is the tip that will make you account virtually unhackable. Two-Factor Authentication makes it so whenever your account is accessed (on a computer or another Apple device), a message is sent directly to you containing the location of the attempted login, as well as the code that you’ll need to verify it.
On your device, open the Settings app and scroll until you see the option for iCloud. Click on your name at the top of the page (you may have to enter your password).
Once you progress, tap the option for Password & Security. Then, you can tap Turn on Two-Factor Authentication. Within seconds, you should have this feature enabled.
It may not seem like a virtual Fort Knox, but changing your password and enabling the feature above could make the difference between having all of your information and having none of it. No one has ever been hacked because they were too careful!