Ap­ple to tighten on­line se­cu­rity after re­cent hack

The Times Herald (Norristown, PA) - - BUSINESS -

NEW YORK — Ap­ple plans to tighten its on­line se­cu­rity mea­sures to re­duce the chances of its users be­ing vic­tim­ized by in­tru­sions like the ones that stole nude pho­tos from ac­tress Jen­nifer Lawrence and other celebri­ties.

CEO Tim Cook told The Wall Street Jour­nal in a story pub­lished Fri­day that Ap­ple Inc. will use email and push no­ti­fi­ca­tions to alert the hun­dreds of mil­lions of peo­ple us­ing its ser­vices when there has been an at­tempt to re­store their iCloud data on a new de­vice, change an ac­count pass­word or log on to an ac­count with a new de­vice. Pre­vi­ously there were no no­ti­fi­ca­tions for restor­ing iCloud data, but users did re­ceive an email when some­one tried to change a pass­word or log in for the first time from a new de­vice.

Ap­ple ex­pects to start send­ing the ad­di­tional no­ti­fi­ca­tions in two weeks. The iPhone maker said the new se­cu­rity will al­low users to change pass­words to re­claim con­trol of an ac­count or no­tify Ap­ple’s se­cu­rity team about a po­ten­tial prob­lem.

An Ap­ple spokesman con­firmed the re­port Fri­day but de­clined to com­ment fur­ther than what was said in the in­ter­view.

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