By now, everyone has heard about the iCloud hacking scandal. It's caused a lot of negative publicity for Apple and has lots of customers questioning whether or not they can really trust iCloud to keep their data safe.
The truth is iCloud's encryption technology is really strong and does a good job of keeping your stuff protected. Everything you store on Apple's servers is highly encrypted, and the service uses technology called authorization tokens to make sure account holders are the only ones who can access the information.
But, that doesn't mean your iCloud account is completely safe. In the recent hack, it's likely the criminals used an email phishing scam to trick celebrities into giving up their username and password. Click here to see an example of an iCloud phishing scam and how to protect yourself against it.
Celebrities aren't the only people that are vulnerable, though. These scams are common online and could be used to steal your information, too.
There's also technology on the Web called iBrute that could help hackers "brute force" their way into iCloud accounts. A brute force hack involves testing every possible combination of user ID and password until something works. Some security pros originally thought this was how hackers performed the recent attack, but Apple denied that after further investigation.
Now Apple is putting even more new security measures in place to help you keep your information safe.
New security settings
These types of hacking scandals aren't good for anyone. It makes you feel nervous about your data's safety and hurts Apple's reputation at the same time. That's why the company is responding really quickly to customer concerns.
As a big part of Apple's plan to keep your iCloud account safe they will now send you direct notifications whenever anyone tries to make changes to your iCloud account.
These alerts will be sent using email and push notifications each time there's an attempt to change an account password, restore iCloud data to a new device, or when a new device logs into an account for the first time.
This will let you know when someone is trying to access your account, so you can take the proper steps to lock down your account. If you get one of these notifications - and you are not the one making the changes or logging from a new device - immediately go in and change your login information. Then, contact Apple to let them know your account has been compromised.
Apple is also going to make better use of two-step authentication. That's the security measure used by most banks and Google that requires two types of credentials before giving someone access to an account. The first credential is usually your password and the second can be a one-time PIN that Apple will send to your phone.
Remember, no matter how good iCloud's encryption is, you're account can still be hacked if you accidentally give away your password. So, always be wary of emails asking for your login information and click here to learn more about spotting a phishing scam.