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Apple gives iCloud an extra layer of security after nude photo scandal

iCloud owners will now be able to activate two-step verification for iCloud, meaning they will need a smartphone to log in to their account.
Sep 17th 2014, 2:31 PM 8,477 17

AT THE BEGINNING of the month, Apple promised to bring in extra security measures to help protect iCloud accounts.

Now two-step verification is available for anyone using iCloud and if you haven’t already, you should activate it when you get the chance.

The setting requires you to log in using a password and a four-digit code, which is sent directly to your smartphone via SMS, iMessage or push notification. The company had originally made it available for iTunes, but the incident involving nude photos of celebrities being taken meant it was extended to iCloud.

To activate it, first you need to go onto Apple ID, and log in to your account. once that’s done, go into ‘Password and Security’ to access this setting.

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You may be asked some security questions before you’re able to log in though (if you don’t remember, reset them otherwise too many failed attempts will lock you out of it for eight hours), but once you’re in, you can activate the setting.

The update arrives on the same day as iOS 8, Apple’s update for its iPhone and iPad range, is released. It’s expected to arrive later this evening at 6pm.

Although if you don’t have iCloud, there are other accounts and services which support two-step verification.

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