iCloud security is very important as it contains personal stuff such as pictures, documents, etc. Given the day-to-day onslaught of attacks and cyber threats, one should take some rudimentary safety precautions to make their accounts more secure.
Tips for protecting your iCloud account
1- Change the password
Now, you must have heard this several times. But do you practice it in real life? Most people use weak passwords such a 12345678 or dictionary words. These passwords are easy to guess. With the help of a password manager, you can easily create strong and tough to crack passwords.
Make sure that your iCloud account’s password is long. Now, by long I do not mean that it should be something like “Mydreami$2FLYoverarainbow$ohigh.” Any password containing uppercase and lowercase letters, symbols, and numbers and of 12 to 15 characters in length is fine.
2- Set up multi-factor authentication
After changing the password, you must take measures to enhance the iCloud account security even further. When you set up the double factor authentication, an added layer of security gets added. Therefore, even if others know the password, they will not be able to access your iCloud account.
In order to enable multi-factor verification, just go to Settings or System Preferences from your iPhone/iPad/Mac, or just sign in to your Apple ID account and go to Security. From there you will get the option to enable Two-Factor Authentication.
3- Select security questions
Users, who have not logged into Apple ID account for quite a long time, might not have received the opportunity to select security questions. Users can add up to three security questions. They can select a few specific questions regarding their lives whose answers nobody else will know. When any log in is attempted from a new device, and then the security questions will have to be answered to access the iCloud account.
If you wish to reset the security questions, follow these steps:
- In order to find the security questions, sign into the Apple account using the ID and password.
- Locate the Security section and check that a rescue email is added.
- Below Security Questions, you will find a link called Change Questions. Click on it.
- A box will crop-up asking you to answer the security questions.
- Click on the link below the security questions saying Reset your security questions.
- Now, head to the inbox of the rescue email and open the email sent by Apple.
- Just hit the Reset Now button.
- Sign into your Apple ID account again.
- Now, you will be prompted to set different security questions.
- After setting the security questions, hit the blue Update option at the lower right corner of the prompt.
Sign out of iCloud when you are not using the device
Lastly, you should never use a public device or network to access your iCloud account. When you are connected over a free Wi-Fi network, do not log into your Apple account. But, in case you absolutely need to, just remember to sign out when you are done.
Also, as an additional measure, change the password after logging out. Similarly, it is strictly recommended to not share the Apple account login credentials with others.