How to: Keep your iCloud pass­word safe

In just a few ba­sic steps, you can se­cure your iCloud ac­count from the most com­mon threats. Ben Pat­ter­son shows how

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If you’re an iPhone or iPad, your iCloud pass­word is the key to your dig­i­tal realm. With your iCloud pass­word, you can ac­cess such per­sonal data as your iCloud mail mes­sages, your cal­en­dar, your con­tacts, and your stored iCloud credit cards. Your iCloud pass­word

could even be used to track, lock and wipe your pre­cious de­vices.

Need­less to say, it would be a very bad thing if your iCloud pass­word landed in the wrong hands. But in just a few ba­sic steps, you can se­cure your iCloud ac­count from the most com­mon threats, and you can take all those steps di­rectly from your de­vice.

Let’s start with the eas­i­est – and most im­por­tant – way to pro­tect your iCloud pass­word.

1. Change your pass­word (and don’t use the same one twice)

Yes, I heard that groan, and I feel your pain. I just changed my own iCloud pass­word re­cently (and after far too long), and it meant log­ging back into iCloud on a bunch of my de­vices, in­clud­ing my iMac, my iPhone, my iPad, my Ap­ple TV, and my third-party email clients.

Not only do you need to change your pass­word, you also need to cre­ate a ‘strong’ pass­word – that is, a pass­word that’s at least 12 char­ac­ters long (the longer the bet­ter, ac­tu­ally), with a ran­dom com­bi­na­tion of let­ters, num­bers and sym­bols.

To make mat­ters even more com­pli­cated, your iCloud pass­word should be unique, as should be the pass­words for all your other In­ter­net ac­counts. (If all that sounds too dif­fi­cult to keep track of, con­sider in­vest­ing in a pass­word man­ager. Trust me, they’re life savers.)

Chang­ing your iCloud pass­word may be an­noy­ing, but it’s the best way to foil hack­ers, par­tic­u­larly those who steal pass­words from one ser­vice and use the same pass­words to break into oth­ers – and in­deed, that’s what Ap­ple says hap­pened in the re­cent case of

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