Important: Please Enable iCloud Two Factor Authentication

Posted by Jared Cash
A news story from the second week of March revealed that a group of hackers claimed to have gained access to more than 600 million iCloud accounts. Apple has responded to the report saying that there is no breach of their servers. However, that does not mean that the initial statement is false. It is possible that attackers could have discovered passwords by using passwords obtained from other sources, such as the massive Yahoo breaches of the last two years, then used other data sources to line up those passwords with Apple IDs belonging to the same people. While this means that you may not be at risk if your iCloud account was using a unique password, to be safe, Tech Wyze is recommending that all users change their passwords and enable two-factor authentication for their Apple ID to ensure it is safe from potential threats.
 
For an example of why it is important to do this, iCloud contains a security measure that allows you to remotely erase your iPhones, iPads, and Macs if they are ever lost or stolen. If your account has been compromised, then the hackers could erase your devices. This is what the hackers have reportedly claimed to do if Apple does not pay their ransom by April 7th.
 
As a result, for your protection, we are providing these steps to allow you to keep your accounts safe. So, please follow these instructions and then let us know if you have any questions or concerns. Please change your password and then enable two-factor authentication before April 7th to ensure that you are safe. We are also available to ensure this process is completed for you, if you’d prefer. Please give us a call to arrange a visit for this purpose as soon as possible, if that is your preferred method of resolving this potential threat.
 
Change your Apple ID password
  1. Sign in to your Apple ID account page.
  2. In the Security section, click Change Password.
  3. Enter your current password, then enter a new password and confirm the new password.
  4. Click Change Password.
  5. Sign in with your new Apple ID password to access Apple features and services.
 
 
Turn on two-factor authentication for your Apple ID

Two-factor authentication is currently available to iCloud users with at least one device that's using iOS 9 or OS X El Capitan or later. Learn more.

You can follow the steps below to turn on two-factor authentication.

On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 9 or later:

  1. Go to Settings > iCloud > tap your Apple ID.
  2. Tap Password & Security.
  3. Tap Turn on Two-Factor Authentication.

On your Mac with OS X El Capitan or later:

  1. Go to Apple () menu > System Preferences > iCloud > Account Details.
  2. Click Security.
  3. Click Turn on Two-Factor Authentication.

If you already use two-step verification, turn it off, then turn on two-factor authentication.

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