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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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iCloud security and personal responsibility

iCloud may not have been hacked but iCloud accounts are hackable. So are other online accounts. Why? Security is at constant war with convenience. Absolute security makes our data inaccessible to everyone, including us. Absolute convenience makes our data easily available to everyone, including those who would use it to harm us. The key to a workable system is balance, where a range of options are afforded and we choose and use them in a way that's best for us. That includes Apple giving us the options we need and making them as understandable as possible, and it includes us taking the time to understand them and implement them as best as we can. So what can we all do better?

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Lost your iCloud recovery key? Here's how to generate a new one!

If you've [enabled two-step verification]( for your iCloud account, you already know that if you ever forget your password, you'll need your iCloud recovery key in order to reset it. If you've lost the printout containing your key, you should immediately generate a new one in case your key falls into the wrong hands. As long as you know your current password, you can replace your iCloud recovery key in just a few minutes.

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