This morning at breakfast, my friend Thomas told me about Apple being hacked and the need to change my password. Although it feels like I’m constantly updating passwords, it’s better safe than sorry. The short end of the story is, basically a group of London-based hackers have stolen 250 million Apple accounts and passwords, and are holding it for ransom.
So, in short, you need to update your Apple ID password as soon as you can. This should protect you from any unwanted result if they do indeed follow through on their threat.
Here’s how to change your Apple ID Password:
- Go to http://AppleID.apple.com
- Login with your current Apple ID credentials. HINT: Your Apple ID is your email address.
- Once logged in, you can scroll down and find the Change Password link.
- Once you update your password, you are finished.
After this process is complete, you might want to check to see if you have 2-Factor Authentication (sometimes referred to 2-step verification) turned on. The alternative is security questions, and this isn’t the most secure method.
2-Step Authentication will help keep your account secure from unwanted intrusion. You may remember back in 2014 when several celebrities had their Apple iCloud accounts hacked, and some not-so-flattering images of them were forever pushed out into cyberspace.
After this incident, Apple strengthened their security by creating their own 2-step verification as a security option. Now, when someone tries to login using your Apple ID credentials, you’ll get a notification on your iPhone asking if it was you.
This is a simple setup process, and I can’t recommend it enough.
Here’s how to enable 2-Step Verification on your iPhone:
- Go to Settings.
- Scroll down to iCloud.
- Click on your name/email at the top of the screen (you may be prompted to sign in to your account).
- Click on Password & Security.
- If you see Two-Factor Authentication turned ON, there are no further steps. If it says OFF, proceed to number 6.
- Click on the “Turn On Two-Factor Authentication”.
- Apple ID Security will display. Click Continue.
- Next, you will receive a text message from Apple verifying your phone number. Click Continue. (If you see a warning message about outdated devices or to update devices, click ok.)
- Enter your (hopefully new) Apple ID Password and click Sign In.
- Two-Factor Authentication is now enabled.
You can check this authentication by logging back into Apple ID. You’ll see similar pictures as shown above. Anytime you login to an Apple device or your Apple iCloud account, you will be prompted to enter this verification code that displays on your iPhone.
If you receive this notification and you did not authorize it, you’ll have that peace of mind knowing your information is safe.