Last week, in response to a threat from hackers, Apple had to reassure its customers that its systems have not been breached. The hacker group had claimed that it has access to “as many as 559 million Apple email and iCloud accounts,” according to Fortune (and Motherboard’s own story).
Even if Apple’s systems weren’t breached, this may still be a serous problem. Email-password combinations could have been obtained through a third party (according to Fortune, the compromised account info matches what was exposed in the LinkedIn breach), and in any case, Apple users should take the opportunity to change their passwords. And they should back up their phones (an external hard drive like one of these is safest). As the Fortune story puts it:
“Apple customers who secure their iCloud accounts with the same passwords they use on other online accounts—especially ones at LinkedIn, Yahoo, Dropbox, and other sites recently revealed to have suffered big breaches over the past few years—should adopt new passwords that are long, strong, and unique. Many security experts also recommend storing them in a password manager, and activating two-factor authentication, an additional layer of security, where available.”
Better to be safe!
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