Are you unfamiliar with Cloud technology? Well here's the crash course. The "Cloud" is a way to store information and have it sync up with multiple devices, ultimately making it easier for you to access respective account information from different devices. Apple's iCloud has done a pretty remarkable job of not only performing its basic functions, but also remaining a relevant service in Apple's market. Their iCloud.com website has done something a bit more to increase the security of your iCloud though, and with good reason it seems. A reporter for Wired had all of his information hacked and wiped on all of his Apple devices. The hacker was able to weasel his way past the Apple security questions and access all of the reporters information from his iCloud. Needless to say, the people who found out about this weren't too excited to hear about how easy it was for the hacker to get the information he needed. This is where Apple decided to come up with their plan.
Now, Apple has a two-step verification process to ensure that you are, in fact, who you say you are when accessing your iCloud account information. So what exactly does the two-step process involve and how will it help ensure better security for iCloud users?
Any type of web app that you access from iCloud.com, including Notes, Contacts, and even Mail, will now be met with a 4 digit code via text message. You'll then be prompted to enter the code via the iCloud website before you are able to access any of the web apps. So now, any users that have already enabled the two-step verification process will now have this extra step to go through before they are fully identified as who they are. As long as you are constantly attached to your phone (and lets face facts, 99% of us are) there should be no worry of someone accessing your account from a different location.
With how much information we send and save via email, its a very import thing that personal web apps like these remain private. Any hacker that is able to get a hold of emails and contacts, can immediately ruin your life. Credit card numbers, business associates, family members, and medical records could all be accessed through some or all of these apps. The fact that they can be synced up with all of our devices is a nice touch, but it can also be a very dangerous feature if the wrong person is able to access your account information.
Apple's new two-step verification process is definitely a huge help now, and I recommend that anyone who uses iCloud take the time to set this feature up. It's always much better to be safe than sorry. Protect your assets. Protect your information.
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