Save Your iPhone from Being Hacked: This Is How To Disable iCloud

Let’s be clear about one thing: right now we don’t yet know whether the nude celebrity photos hacking scandal can be blamed on security vulnerabilities in Apple AAPL +0.63% iCloud. Certainly this is being widely circulated but there is no proof.

What is beyond doubt, however, is the hacks have made a lot of people uncomfortable about using Apple’s iCloud backup service so for those of you keen to act this is how you get your data off it.

You Don’t Trust? DISABLE!

WARNING: Be sure to have your photos saved on your PC (if you wish) before you do this.

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To start: go to either the Photo Stream tab in your photo gallery in iOS or the Photo Stream option in iPhoto on Mac OS to view existing photos in Photo Stream. Here you can manually delete existing individual photos or whole albums.

Then to stop new uploads:

Go to the settings menu on your iPhone or iPad (‘System Preference’ on Mac OS)
Open the ‘iCloud’ category
Switch off Photo Stream (which automatically uploads photos to iCloud)
Repeat this on all your Apple devices
The Faster, Less Drastic Step – Two Factor Authentication

‘TFA’ is offered by Apple as well as rivals Google GOOGL +0.94%, Microsoft MSFT -1.04% and social media networks like Facebook and Twitter. TSV greatly increases security of your data as it requires both your password and a PIN provided by one of your devices or using SMS before it can be accessed from an unknown device.

The problem is the small inconvenience of this extra step means many don’t bother to switch it on. Myself and any security expert will tell you it is worth the extra hassle. So:

Go to My Apple ID
Select ‘Manage your Apple ID and sign in’
Select ‘Password and Security’
Under ‘Two-Step Verification’, select ‘Get Started’ and follow the onscreen instructions.
Apple iCloud: Two Factor Authentication
Apple iCloud: Two Factor Authentication

Stay Calm

It won’t take long to discover whether yesterday’s hacks were through weak user security or a company vulnerability, but it is important to keep calm.

As it stands there is therefore no reason to believe the hacks will widen and with the Cloud widely heralded as the future of computing, the main players will be desperate to take the necessary steps to regain user confidence. And fast.

Source: Forbes

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