Apple ID security: how to protect your iPhone from fraudsters

Apple ID is the key to the entire Apple ecosystem. And over time, its importance only increases. iCloud, iCloud Drive, photos, contacts, purchases, iMessage – all of this is tied to the Apple ID and, in case of problems with authorization, can be irretrievably lost.

Not only that, your iPhone, iPad and Mac are also heavily dependent on Apple ID and without it they will turn into “bricks”. This is often used by scammers – they pick up a password, log into iCloud, remotely block all devices and extort money for unlocking.

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In this article, I’ll show you how to keep yourself safe from scammers, jealous girlfriends and nosy kids who can make your life a nightmare.

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Strong password – trite, but it works

The first thing to start with is to change your Apple ID password to a complex one. Here, of course, you don’t need to get paranoid. It is enough to do something meaningless for outsiders 10-12 characters long. We have had a Touch ID fingerprint sensor for a long time, so you often won’t have to enter such a password by hand.

To change your password:

  1. Go to appleid.apple.com and login with your Apple ID;
  2. Security → Change password;
  3. Follow the prompts on the screen: enter the old password and the new one twice.

Change Apple ID password

Killerfic, which many have not even heard of. If you’ve created your Apple ID a long time ago, then you should probably use security questions and a backup recovery email for the second level of security. But this method is already deprecated and not safe. Therefore, it is worth switching to 2-Step Verification.

This authentication method, in addition to a password, always requires confirmation of identity using a trusted device. Just knowing the username and password, you cannot enter your account.

When I tried to log into my Apple ID from a Mac, I received a one-time password on my phone

Two-Step Verification works for:

  1. Sign in to your Apple ID account page
  2. Sign in to iCloud or iCloud.com from a new device
  3. Sign in to Message, Game Center, or FaceTime
  4. Purchases from the iTunes Store, App Store, or Book Store on a new device
  5. Get Apple ID information from Apple Support.

To enable two-step verification for your Apple ID:

  1. Go to appleid.apple.com and login with your Apple ID;
  2. Safety â–¸ Two-step verification â–¸ Tune;
  3. Enter your mobile phone number, which will receive a verification code;
  4. Enter the verification code in the appeared browser field;
  5. Select and list your devices that can be used for authorization;

If you do not have other Apple devices, which can receive a one-time password, then it will come to your phone in a video SMS.

What is the result

After all these manipulations, you should get the following:

  1. Good Apple ID password for iCloud, Apple Music, App Store, etc .;
  2. Two-step authentication in which you need to have access to a verified device or mobile phone number to change any Apple ID settings, iCloud login on unfamiliar devices.

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If someone finds out or picks up your password, then they will not be able to access iCloud, App Store and other services without access to your iPhone, iPad or mobile number. On the devices themselves, these codes are protected by your password or Touch ID.

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