Your Apple ID is very important. It is the gateway to all Apple services and all your Apple devices.
You can use it to store private data on iCloud and purchase apps, music and so on. If someone else gets access to your Apple ID, emails, photos, videos and other information stored on your iCloud are accessible.
What’s worse, the one who gets access to your Apple ID may change the security information and lock your phone remotely. And your data will be erased unless you pay the ransom.
Thus, it is urgent to take action to protect your Apple ID.
DO NOT share your Apple ID with others
If you log into your Apple ID in iCloud to sync your photos, videos or contacts, others you share this Apple ID with also have access to these data. So, you shouldn’t share your Apple ID with your family or friends.
While Apple allows you to share photos, purchased apps and music with your family by using Family Sharing.
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.
Use a separate password for your Apple ID
When you create a password for your Apple ID, you will be required by Apple to use a combination of uppercase letters, lowercase letters, and numbers. This greatly prevents others from cracking your Apple ID password with ease.
However, it is impossible for Apple to determine if it is the same password that you have used to register other Internet services. Most people use the same password to sign up for various Internet services. Hackers are happy to see that. Once one of these accounts is stolen, other accounts won’t be spared, which causes much bigger losses. We strongly recommend you set a separate password for your Apple ID.
Enable “Two-factor Authentication” for your Apple ID
To ensure the safety of your Apple ID, we recommend that you enable two-factor authentication for your Apple ID.
When you attempt to sign in to your Apple ID on a new device or browser, your identity will be verified through the Apple ID password and another authentication factor. In other words, others are not able to access your Apple ID even if they have entered the password correctly.
Two-factor authentication is only available on iOS 9 or higher or OS X El Capitan or later. You should turn it on on an iOS or macOS device that you have signed in with your Apple ID.
If you are using older devices on which two-factor authentication is not available, you can turn on two-step verification. Two-step verification is an old security method. Two-factor authentication can not be disabled after turning it on. But you can disable two-step verification on your Apple ID account page.
Develop good habits to improve web security and privacy
Since you have taken action to secure your Apple ID, it is also important to have good habits while browsing the Internet. If you pay no attention to your security and privacy online, you can be the easy target for hackers no matter how secure your Apple ID is.
Good online habits include:
- Avoid using public WiFi.
- Always log out of your account when you close the browser.
- DO NOT click on suspicious links.
- Keep away from apps from unknown sources.
- Always connect to a VPN while surfing the Internet.