Tips for Protecting Your Data On iCloud

Last year one of the biggest security breaches involved celebrities, such as Jennifer Lawrence, having pictures and other sensitive data being stolen from their Apple devices. This led a lot of people to question the security of iCloud. Whilst the data breach in question impacted A-listers, this does not mean that everyone else is immune from a potential attack and the devastation that comes with it. ICloud security and mobile security is now becoming one of the main features on IT security courses, as a lot of businesses deploy iPhones or operate a BYOD (bring your own device) policy. These devices carry sensitive business information, contact details, emails, images and such like, and thus if they were to get into the wrong hands there could be serious repercussions. So, let’s take a look at some top tips for protecting your data on iCloud…

It is advisable to take control of what is backed up to iCloud. When setting up your iPhone it is likely that you would have opted to sign up with iCloud, especially as there was a promise of 5GB extra storage. Nevertheless, you don’t actually need to store everything on iCloud. Instead, you can head to settings and then tap on iCloud and you will see a list of apps that back up data using iCloud. You can toggle off apps that you don’t want to use iCloud on. Thus, apps like Mail and Photos may contain sensitive info, and therefore it is likely that you will want to consider turning iCloud off for those.

Another tip is to turn on two-factor authentication. This is a process that is advised for all devices, not just those made by Apple. It means that you will need to go through two steps to verify who you are. In regards to Apple devices you will need to enter a four-digit password. Once you have done this you will then be sent a verification code to your phone, which you will need to input.To turn two-factor authentication on when using an iPhone or iPad you simply need to go to My Apple ID – which can be accessed via the Apple website – and then click on manage your Apple ID. Once you have signed in click on Select Password and Security. You will see a section for two-step verification. All you need to do is click on ‘Get Started’ and then you will be able to follow the steps that appear on your screen.

It is worth resetting your password. There are an unbelievable number of people all over the world who do not have effective passwords in place. Did you know that the following are the five most common passwords used around the world…?

• 123456
• Password
• 12345678
• Qwerty
• Abc123

Other popular passwords include ‘iloveyou’, ‘letmein’, ‘111111’, ‘monkey’, ‘princess’ and ‘sunshine’. So, how do you create a good password? You should use a variety of lower case letters, upper case letters, numbers and special characters. You should make the password as long as possible and try not to use the same password twice. You should also avoid using complete words, try and make them a random mix. Finally, make sure your security questions aren’t easy to guess. You’d actually be better off answering them incorrectly!