The need to protect your Apple ID and password is as important as protecting your very personal files and financial documents. Think of your Apple ID as an identity passport to everything there is about Apple.
From purchasing items in the iTunes store to subscribing to any services on the Apple store, your Apple ID is the ticket to every transaction you take on with Apple. If this is not enough reason to keep your Apple ID protected, then I don’t know what is.
In this article, we have compiled 5 key ways to keep your Apple ID and Password secured.
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How To Keep Apple ID And Password Secured
We check the internet and see from different iPhone users what they are not doing to make sure their Apple ID and password are secure. As a result of this, we have come up with at least 5 ways you can follow to make sure that your Apple ID is fully secured from hackers.
Update Your Password
Many people pay very little attention to their passwords, but when you think of it, passwords are like the first point of security for your Apple ID and you should pay very close attention to it.
Many people, especially older people, have very little secured password combinations. For your Apple ID password, we recommend a mix of numbers, letters, and characters to attain maximum password security. Ideally, you should update your password if you feel your account has been compromised.
Sign-Out Of Old Device
If you have just upgraded your device, you should consider signing out of the device you are letting go before you actually let it go. As you purchase a new device, your Apple ID will be tied to all of your devices and if you failed to sign out of the device, whoever is in possession will have access to some functions.
Before you sell your old device, you need to sign out your account from the device and do a factory reset of the device to make sure that you do not leave a trace of your data on the device.
Here is how to Wipe do a factory reset of your iPhone.
- iPhone, head to Settings.
- In ‘General > Reset’.
- Select ‘Erase All Content and Settings’.)
Alternatively, you can check all your devices connected to your Apple ID and sign out devices, not in use with the current device you are using.
Turn On Two-Factor Authentication
The Apple ID offers two-factor authentication but users can choose to use this feature or not. We recommend using this feature to keep your ID secure.
Two-Factor connects your Apple ID with your mobile number or any available email at your reach. Once you sign-in with your ID, Apple will send you a code on your device to verify that you are the one trying to sign in to its servers.
This is highly recommended and effective in securing your ID and has been adopted by many other service providers.
Create Really Personal Answers To Security Question
Another option similar to two-factor authentication is having a security question. Apple will provide you a series of question and you will have to select one that speaks to you with a personal answer.
If you do not want to use two-factor authentication, you can instead opt to protect your account with security questions. These may be asked of you when you use your Apple ID online or contact Apple support.
Avoid Phishing Emails
Hackers are smart enough to use phishing emails which looks 100% legit to encourage you to sign in with your Apple ID. If you fall for this, your Apple ID and password will be made available to them and they can do whatever they want with your account.
Before opening an email, check carefully the email address and verify that it is from Apple before you initiate any activity the email is asking you to take. One way to tell a fishy email will be the weird-looking email address, the unmatching designs, poor spellings, and the clear emphasis on getting you to sign in.
Sometimes, these are not clearly apparent and you may need to verify very closely before taking any action from the email.
Avoid Clicking Random Links
Sometimes these hackers will not send you emails directly, so you should avoid randomly clicking links from unknown sources. If you are not sure about the source of an email or a text, it is best for you to contact Apple Support Website than just randomly clicking on links sent from unknown sources.
The need to keep your Apple ID and password is very important to reduce the risk of being frauded and also to protect your personal files and documents, especially if you have some files saved in your iCloud.