How to protect yourself against the March 2017 iCloud Hack

A hacker group known as the Turkish Crime Family claimed on Twitter that they will factory reset devices associated with over 200 Million of Apple’s iCloud service unless Apple pays them $75,000 by April 7, 2017.

According to Apple, the best way to foil these hacker’s attempts to extort money, and protect your iOS devices from being wiped is to change your iCloud password and to enable two-factor authentication.  Here is a step-by-step guide to do just that.

Changing Your Apple ID Password

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  • Open your Settings App
  • Scroll down until you find iCloud, then tap it.
  • The top line of this screen should have your name and e-mail address in it. Tap on this line to open your Apple ID profile settings.
  • Tap on the line that says Password & Security.
  • Tap on Change Password.
  • Enter your current Apple ID password in the Current text box. Create a new password and enter it in the New and Verify boxes. Note the password requirements in gray text below the Verify box. When you’re done, tap Change.
  • Two-factor authentication will send a text message to your phone with a four-digit code every time an attempt is made to login to your Apple ID, which you will have to enter in order to proceed. This makes sure that an attacker who may have gotten your username and password, can’t login without also having your cell phone.

    Tap Turn On Two-Factor Authentication.

  • Tap Continue
  • Verify the phone number displayed is the one you want the messages to go to. If it is, tap Continue; otherwise tap Use a Different Number, enter the new phone number, and tap Continue
  • You may be prompted to enter your Apple ID password. Enter it now, then press Sign in
  • You will be prompted to enter a passcode which you will have to enter in order to add additional iOS devices to your account.  The passcode can only be made up of four or more numbers.

    When you’re done, tap Done.

  • Congratulations! If you check your e-mail, you should have an message from Apple confirming that two-factor authentication has been enabled on your account. Be sure to share this guide with your friends, family, and coworkers, so that they can remain safe and secure!
About the Author

Benjamin Schneider

Benjamin Schneider is the Senior Systems Engineer and Service Manager for TechSoft Systems. He is in charge of ensuring the security and functionality of every client's network and ensuring world-class service delivery for each of our clients. In Ben's spare time, he is both a singing member and a member of the board of directors of the Cincinnati Men's Chorus. He also enjoys spending time with his family and his two cats: Ziva and Toni.