How to Protect Your Apple ID?

Your Apple ID is very important. It’s the gateway to all Apple services and your Apple devices.

You can save private data on iCloud and buy apps, music, and more with an Apple ID. When someone else gains access to your Apple ID, he can access emails, photos, videos, and other information stored on your iCloud.

What’s worse, the person who gains access to your Apple ID can change the security information and lock your phone remotely. And your data will be erased unless you pay the ransom.

It is therefore urgent to take action to protect your Apple ID.

Block calendar invitations from strangers

If you see spam messages in your iPhone calendar, don’t click on links because most of them are phishing links. You can log in to iCloud on your computer, enter the calendar, click on the Settings icon in the lower-left corner of the screen and turn off in-app notifications about invitations.  

Once you have done this, the iPhone calendar will no longer display the invitations.

DO NOT share your Apple ID with others

Many users like sharing their Apple ID with their families and friends. They think it’s OK to share Apple ID with someone they trust. But the truth is that this will increase the risk of personal information disclosure.

To share purchased apps with your family, we suggest you use Family Sharing which allows you to share photos, apps, and music with your family.

Register an Apple ID with a separate email address

Your Apple ID is more important than you think. Not only does it help you remotely lock and erase your lost phone, but it also protects contacts, memos, photos, videos, and other information stored on your iCloud. You really should register an Apple ID with a separate email address. Thus, others cannot get access to your Apple ID with ease.

I also recommend that you select a more secure e-mail service provider. If you find that the email service that you used to register an Apple ID faces a variety of security issues, you should stop using this email address and change your Apple ID password.

Turn on “two-factor authentication” for your Apple ID

For the sake of your Apple ID’s security, we suggest you secure your Apple ID by enabling two-factor authentication. As long as you turn on two-factor authentication, identity verification via a trusted device is required when signing in to your account on a new device even if your password is entered correctly.

However, two-factor authentication is only available when you are using iOS 9 or later or OS X El Capitan or later. You can use two-step verification to ensure the security of your Apple ID if you are not using the above devices. As an old security method for your Apple ID, it adds an extra layer of security to your account. You can disable it as you like. But you can’t turn off two-factor authentication once you enabled it.

Develop good habits to improve web security and privacy

Now that you’ve taken many measures to protect your Apple ID, it is also important to have good habits while surfing the Internet. Bad online behavior can be exploited by hackers to steal your Apple ID no matter how secure it is.  

Good online habits include:

  1. Always log out of your account when you close the browser.
  2. Avoid using public WiFi.
  3. Keep away from apps from unknown sources.
  4. DO NOT click on suspicious links.
  5. Always connect to a VPN while surfing the Internet.

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