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How to turn on iCloud backup on your iPhone or iPad

With iCloud, Apple has made it easier than every to backup your iPhone or iPad. iCloud backups are stored on Apple's servers, so if your iPhone or iPad ever gets broken, lost, or stolen, you can rest assured that all your photos, accounts, documents, Health data, HomeKit configurations, and other settings aren't lost along with it. If you didn't enable iCloud backup when you first setup your device, you should definitely enable it now!

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How to set up and use iTunes Match

iTunes Match allows you to stream purchased music from iTunes along with any other music you have saved in your iTunes library to any of your registered iOS devices. That means you can listen to your tunes — any purchased music + up to 25,000 songs from your personal library — anywhere you have a data connection, without taking up tons of storage space. To get started, all you've got to do is subscribe and enable iTunes Match on all of the things!

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How to set up and use Find My iPhone

Find My iPhone lets you remotely track your lost, stolen, or misplaced Apple device — be it an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Mac — from virtually anywhere, as long as the device in question has some kind of internet connection. Not only can Find My iPhone help you locate a stolen or lost device, it can also assist in remotely wiping your private information so your device data doesn't fall into the wrong hands. If you're not sure where to start, we can walk you through enabling Find My iPhone on all your devices as well as how to track them both on the web and through the Find My iPhone app!

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iCloud Photo Library beta gains desktop upload support

If you're taking part in the iCloud.com beta, you can now upload photos directly from your computer. Whereas photo uploads were previously only available from within iOS if users toggled the option on in their iCloud settings, Apple seems to have flipped the switch on an upload option within the iCloud Photo Library web app.

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How to free up storage space on your iPhone or iPad with iCloud Photo Library

iCloud Photo Library, part of Apple's iCloud service, now gives you a more convenient way to organize and store all your photos and videos across all your devices. Make an edit on your iPhone, and it's automatically updated on your iPad. Not only that, iCloud Photo Library gives you the option to only keep storage optimized copies of your photos and videos if you choose in order to save storage space. For some people, that could mean a few gigabytes of extra storage. All you've got to do is change some settings!

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Troubleshoot iCloud Photo Library: How to sync images from your computer or iPhoto

Apple has long had trouble balancing its iCloud sync service with manual iTunes syncing, to no one's surprise. Sync is hard, and when you offer users multiple ways to put data on their devices, something's bound to get borked in the process. iCloud Photo Library is no exception—the service isn't on the Mac yet, which means that if you want to use it on your iOS devices, it'll effectively wall off your iPhoto library from your mobile lifestyle. But we've got a few tricks to get those iPhoto images back onto your iPhone or iPad.

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Tim Cook talks security with Chinese Vice Premiere

Apple CEO Tim Cook has met with Chinese Vice Premier Ma Kai to talk security of user information. The meeting comes two days after an attack on the iCloud website in China was reported. Whether or not the attack was specifically on the table is unknown, but it is likely.

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Apple issues statement on iCloud.com attacks

Apple has issued a statement regarding the attacks on iCloud.com, originally reported yesterday. Apple says that they are aware of the attacks, and they outline steps that users can take to make sure they are secure when using the iCloud website. Apple says a little about the security measures for the website, and details what you should see when logging into iCloud on Safari, Chrome, and Firefox.

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iCloud.com reportedly under attack in China

iCloud.com seems to have been added to a group of websites and services, including Yahoo and Gmail, under attack in China. A new report indicates that users attempting to log in to iCloud.com from an insecure browser that trusts China's Certification Authority are having their credentials captured. Users visiting through more secure browsers like Safari, Chrome, and Firefox will be presented with a warning when they navigate to the site.

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How to generate and manage app-specific passwords with iCloud

Apple has increased security around iCloud and how apps and devices can access your data. One of the newest forms of iCloud security is the use of app-specific passwords. Essentially, any apps that don't support two-step verification, if you have it enabled, will instead need an app-specific password in order to link up to your iCloud account. This ensures that your primary Apple ID password isn't collected or stored by any third party apps. Luckily, generating app-specific passwords and managing them is easy enough!

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