Would you trust Apple’s iCloud now?
After what happened with Mat Honan? Not likely. Martin Moen Wulffeld an iCloud user is just one of many who now feel insecure trusting iCloud with their data.
Mat Honan, a journalist, lived through every person’s nightmare when hackers gained access to his iCloud account, erasing pictures and other data from his iPhone, iPad and MacBook, after resetting his password by phone.
This means two things:
I- Millions of other users may not be safe as well and more importantly, and
II- Apple is not as safe as everyone thought!
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The verification needed for purchasing music, movies and applications from iTunes, as well as downloading software updates and accessing content on Apple’s iCloud Web-storage service can be the weak link.
It was simple as getting access to the last four digits of Honan’s credit-card number and his home address to get a member of Apple’s tech-support staff to reset his password.
Looking into the breach and discussing how not to be a victim of similar fate, Forbesmentioned the benefits of Google’s 2-step verification. Where account holders can set their Google account to asked for a six-digit code that Google will send via text message to their phones. This can improves account security immensely.
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Apple Inc. is already in the go, beefing up security by temporarily suspending the ability to reset Apple ID passwords over the phone, while it takes steps to make the procedure more secure. Apple customers will need to use the company’s iForgot online system for resetting their passwords while the phone process is suspended. The process involves resetting a password by either having a password reset sent to an alternate e-mail address or by asking the user to answer previously set up security questions.
But users will still shy away; after all, it is not something to just forget and move on with. It is a matter of personal and sensitive data. But shying away doesn’t mean not using it. It just means being extra careful, taking steps and precautions to avoid such bad fate and not relying on professed abilities of a device to keep your data safe.
5 Steps To Secure Your iCloud Data:
Here are 5 Steps you can follow to make your iCloud more secure:
1. Having a back up for everything has always been a good idea-One that does not have to be given up.
2. Avoid linking accounts unless crucial.
3. Use the two-step verification.
4. Keep alternate accounts.
5. Keep changing passwords.
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