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Published On: Fri, Sep 5th, 2014

Apple to expand security measures for iCloud

Apple is planning to introduce additional security measures for iCloud accounts and will send alerts whenever a password change is attempted or accounts are accessed from new devices.

Apple is planning to introduce additional security measures for iCloud accounts and will send alerts whenever a password change is attempted or accounts are accessed from new devices.

Apple is planning the adoption of additional security measures to prevent hackers from entering users’ accounts, after the celebrity photos scandal which broke out recently. The company will vehemently encourage users to allot more attention to security, as Apple CEO Tim cook said in an interview for the Wall Street Journal.

Any time when somebody tries to change account passwords, Apple will send the respective user an alert, via email and push notifications. Users will also be notified when iCloud data are restored to new devices, or when somebody logs into an account via a new device for the first time. The new steps for security enhancement precede the expected launching of the new iPhone next week.

Discussing new security precautions, Tim Cook also said the two-factor authentication security system will further be expanded to prevent future intrusions. In this system, a user should have two or three items in order to access his or her account: besides a password, a four-digit one-time code is provided, and when a user has signed up for the service, a long access key is provided. Users will be vehemently encouraged to turn on the two-factor authentication system in the new iOS version.

On Tuesday, discussing the recent attacks into celebrities’ iCloud accounts, Apple said they were specifically targeted, and there was no breach of the Apple systems in any of the cases.

There has been criticism by some security experts that Apple’s device software could have been made easier to secure with the two-factor authentication; now after initial logging, users have to enter a specific verification. One more aspect of the criticism addressed the advertising of the feature, which experts think could be made more popular. In general, most users do not make the effort of providing extra security for their accounts, and leading device manufacturers should also be blamed for users’ reluctance to bother with the issue.

The iCloud service provides virtual space for users where diverse content including photos can be stored and accessed from any Apple device. In the past years, the concern over cloud security has been growing, that has not hampered the fast adoption of services for storage and management of diverse data from computers and smartphones.

Apple could not be immediately contacted to comment.

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