Icloud

Read this before turning on iCloud Drive in iOS 8!

When you upgrade to iOS 8, you're asked if you want to activate iCloud Drive.If you're running other devices that aren't being upgraded to iOS 8, or if you have a Mac, it's best to say no for right now. Here's why.

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App-specific passwords coming to iCloud for third-party app sync

If you use a third-party app that stores and synchronizes data with iCloud, Apple will soon require you to use specific passwords for those apps to access information in iCloud. This will allow your actual iCloud password to be masked while still granting access in a secure way to those apps to retrieve, store, and synchronize information with your iCloud.

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Two-factor authentication returns to iCloud

Ahead of its iOS 8 roll-out on Wednesday, Apple has revived the two-factor authentication security system for iCloud. Two-factor authentication will bring increased security to iCloud by allowing users to tie in a verified SMS number or connected device, making it harder for an unauthorized user to hack an iCloud account even if they have your password or log-in credentials.

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How to restore from an iCloud backup on iPhone and iPad

If you're getting a new iPhone or iPad to replace an older one and you've been using iCloud in order to back up all your data, you can easily bring all your stuff down in just a few steps. Everything from messages, apps, and photos will be exactly as you left them.

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How to enable automatic downloads for music, books, and apps with iTunes in the Cloud

If you have an iPhone and an iPad, or multiple iOS devices of any kind, you use iTunes in the Cloud to automatically download any music, books, or apps you buy on one of them onto any or all of the others. For example, if you downloaded a hot new game on your iPad, you can have it automatically appear on your iPhone. If you download a classic song while out on your iPhone, you can make sure it's already on your iPad when you get home. Best of all, it's easy to enable.

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Apple upgrading, giving partial refunds to legacy iCloud users

Apple has been emailing exisiting iCloud subscribers about upgrades to their account following yesterday's changes in iCloud storage plans. Customers will find themeselves upgraded to one of the new plans. For instance, anyone on the previously $40 per year 20GB plan will see that the price has been lowered to $11.99 per year for the same amount of storage while also receiving a partial refund, according to MacRumors:

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Apple revamps iCloud storage prices with 1 TB costing $19.99 a month

Apple has revamped its price structure for its iCloud online data service, offering users price reductions and allowing them to purchase up to 1 TB of storage. It may not come close to Dropbox's current price drops, but Apple's at least being more competitive than it was before.

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Apple sends email notifications when users sign into iCloud.com

Apple has added a new layer of security to iCloud, notifying users when someone logs into iCloud.com using their email address and password. When you log in to the site, Apple will send you an email notifying you that someone has your credentials have been used on iCloud.com, and instructing you either to ignore the email if you did this yourself, or what steps to take if you didn't.

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The future of personal security

Apple is responding to security concerns raised by many this past week as a result of massive release of stolen celebrity photos. While this is a good move by Apple that will increase security for users, it's important to understand what these changes do and don't mean for us.

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How to keep all your private photos off iCloud

While what happened to Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, and many other celebrities could arguably happen on any cloud storage service, many folks are pointing fingers at iCloud. While we don't believe iCloud is any less safe than any other backup service, we understand people wanting to take precautions. So if you'd prefer to not have any of your photos on iCloud, we can walk you through how to safeguard all your pics, nudies or not!

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