Talk to any Millennial and they are sure to remember the massive leak of celebrity photos that occured in 2014. A collection of 500 private images from celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence, Kaley Cuoco and Kirsten Dunst containing nudity were released onto 4chan and further spread using social networking sites like Reddit.
The images were believed to have been obtained through a loophole in the security issue of Apple’s iCloud service where unlimited password attempts were allowed. Apple reported that the victims’ iCloud information was obtained through “a targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions”.
The fear that hackers will access your private information and pictures is not restricted to celebrities. iCloud hacking attempts happen to everyone and it is important that 2-Factor Authentication (2FA) is set up to ensure you do not end up a victim.
How to turn on 2FA:
2FA is an added security feature that is designed to ensure no unwanted eyes prey on your information even if they know/guess your password. It requires an external device (e.g. smartphone) which generates a code you can key in to your account. Here is how to turn on 2FA for your Apple iCloud account from Apple.
For your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 9 or later:
- Go to Settings > iCloud > tap your Apple ID.
- Tap Password & Security.
- Tap Turn on Two-Factor Authentication.
For your Mac with OS X El Capitan or later:
- Go to Apple () menu > System Preferences > iCloud > Account Details.
- Click Security.
- Click Turn on Two-Factor Authentication.
If you already use two-step verification, turn it off, then turn on two-factor authentication.