We have already told you about the supposed group of hackers that claim to have more than 600 million iCloud accounts in their possession, and that threatens to erase the data from those accounts if Apple does not pay a “ransom”. Although the company itself has denied that its accounts have been hacked, it cannot guarantee that any other account of another service outside it has been, and thus they have been able to obtain the iCloud access data. Given all this news, it is best to make sure and take advantage to improve the security of our accounts. We explain step by step how to make sure that our iCloud data is safe, and what to do if it is not.
Do not use the same data for other accounts
These hackers seem to have obtained access data precisely in this way. Any security expert recommends not using the same access data in all of our accounts, something that curiously is what the vast majority of people do. A single user and password for all our services is convenient and easy, but it is anything but secure, because if for example our Yahoo account is compromised and we have the same access data as in iCloud, then the latter will also have fallen .
Applications such as 1Password or the same iCloud keychain that comes integrated into iOS and macOS are perfect solutions for each account to have its own password, independent of the others. So if they get the data from our Facebook account they will not have the GMail, iCloud and Twitter. It is one of the most elementary recommendations to start increasing the security of our accounts.
Enable double factor authentication
Complementary to the previous measure (it does not replace it) is the double factor authentication. It is a security measure that ensures that even if someone gets your iCloud username and password they will not be able to access your account, because an approval from another device that you have configured as “Trusted device” will be necessary. In Apple this works by means of a 6-digit code that is sent to those devices that you have configured in your account when trying to access iCloud from any browser, add your account to a device or try to change the password.
Double factor authentication can be activated from your Apple account using any browser or from your iOS device within the security options of your iCloud account. In this article we have perfectly detailed the procedure to activate it.
Be very careful with the Verification in two steps that was the previous security method and that is already obsolete. TOmake sure that it is the double factor authentication that you have activated and not the verification in two steps. To do this, access your iCloud account at https://appleid.apple.com/ and look at the section we have boxed in the image.
Check the devices registered in your account
Since Apple's two-step verification sends access codes to your registered devices, it is important to check what they are. All our devices associated with our iCloud account appear in the same link as before., at the bottom of the main screen. If there is one that we no longer have and still appears in this menu we must remove it from the account so that it can no longer receive these security codes.
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