Tips To Protect Your iCloud

So, I’m pretty sure you’ve already seen the story on the news about celebrities such as Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence, supermodel Kate Upton and others having their personal pictures hacked and posted on the web over Labor day weekend. It’s rumored that the hackers were able to get in to these celebrities’ photo stream through the “cloud” storage on their iPhones through the “Find My iPhone” app. The hacking has left many iPhone owners feeling vulnerable and worried their private pictures could wind up in the hands of someone else. After the hacking occurred, Apple quickly released a statement that they were already investigating the matter and then rolled out a security update yesterday to eliminate the possibility of the same kind of hacking to take place again.

tips to protect your photos on the icloud

If you have an iPhone but aren’t too familiar with the iCloud features, here are a few things you can do to make sure you and your personal information are more secure:

1. Change Your Settings
Many people probably don’t even know if they have iCloud enabled or not. Be sure to check your iCloud settings and disable anything that you don’t want being stored on your online iCloud. Disable the iCloud automatic backup if you don’t want your photos, accounts and documents to be shared across your network of devices.

tips to protect your icloud

2. Use Unique Passwords
It’s important to use unique passwords, passcodes and locks on all your devices and update them often. Stay away from single dictionary words for your password as well as numbers in a sequence such as 123. You should change your password at least every few months and don’t use the same password for all of your accounts.
3. Set up Two-Step Authentication
The two-step authentication is a security procedure that require two things such as a password and a code sent to your phone, making it harder for someone to remotely access your information. Check out these instructions for setting up a two-step authentication on your Apple devices over at MacWorld.
4. Delete… and Then Delete Again
If you have or previously had the iCloud photo stream enabled and delete a photo from your phone, that image is not necessarily gone. Photos can remain stored online in your photo stream and/or on any other device connected to the same iCloud account.
5. Don’t Take Embarrassing Pictures
The best tip would be to just stay away from taking nude or embarrassing photos with your devices because you never know whose hands they might wind up in. It really is as simple as that…

 I hope these tips put your mind at ease a little more by helping you protect your information and keep it secure. Feel free to pass them on to your friends and family so they don’t become vulnerable to having their photos and info stolen!

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