How to protect iCloud and avoid being blackmailed

After the news of the flaw present on the Find My iPhone service many Apple users started to fear for their security, here's how to defend themselves

Lately, Mac users have been alerted by a new hacker attack. Cyber criminals exploit a flaw in the iCloud service to gain access to the victim's device, change the passcode, and demand a ransom to provide the new credential.

Cyber criminals who exploit iCloud vulnerabilities almost always demand a ransom in Bitcoin, and according to several cybersecurity companies, iPhones and some iPads have also been targeted lately. This is because the flaw within the iCloud service can be exploited on both the macOS and iOS operating platforms. This new threat, however, should not raise hysteria. Apple has stated that at the moment iCloud features, such as Find My iPhone, are secure and that passwords were stolen some time ago. Basically, according to Cupertino, the risk has passed. But for the less confident here's how to secure iCloud.

How to defend against hackers

The first step is also the most obvious one. To make our Mac or iPhone more secure, we need to change the iCloud password. In this way, if our access code was stolen in the past, we will avoid leaving the door open to cyber criminals. We then avoid using the same password on every Apple service we have. Otherwise, once the iCloud access key has been stolen, the hacker will be able to steal all our information. To improve security then it is essential to enable two-factor verification. It's also advisable to set an Apple passcode to protect turning on the device and launching certain programs. In this way we can protect the apps where we make payments or where we save very important documents. The last tip is to disable the Find My iPhone feature. Because it is by exploiting this Apple service that hackers remotely lock the phone in order to demand ransom.