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The new iCloud security features you need to know about

The new iCloud security features you need to know about
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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.

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