Security Tips

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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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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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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How to enable two-step verification for your Apple ID

How to enable two-step verification for your Apple ID

Most people use their Apple ID account not only for iCloud data, but to purchase content from iTunes and the App Store. That means that anyone who gets ahold of your account or manages to change your password could have access to your personal information and credit card information. If you want to increase the security of your Apple ID, you can use two-step verification to add a second layer of protection. That, it requires something you know (your password) and something you have (the security token sent to you) to access your account information and make changes.

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Best password manager apps for iPhone and iPad

The best password manager apps for iPhone and iPad to help you create strong passwords, keep them secure, and use them when you need them!

On the hunt for the best iPhone apps and best iPad apps to help you create, store, and manage all your passwords and logins? Passwords are what keep our stuff safe, from our iPhones, iPod touches, and iPads, and Macs, to the iCloud, Google, Dropbox, Facebook, and Twitter accounts we use on them. Long, strong, unique passwords are absolutely necessary these days to protect ourselves from data theft. However, they're impossible for the human mind to remember. That's why we need password managers. With a password manager you can generate, save, and fill long, strong, unique password for every site and service you use.

You can also use them to fill "security question" fields with additional strong, unique passwords so your security isn't compromised by easy-to-guess answers, and even generate email addresses that aren't easily guessable.

And coming soon, with iOS 8 and the Touch ID API, you'll even be able to enter them with the press of a finger.

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How to reset a forgotten iCloud, iTunes, or App Store password on iPhone or iPad

If you forgot the password to your iCloud or iTunes password, you can use your iPhone or iPad in order to reset it. However, the information you'll need to have in order to reset it may differ depending on whether or not you've enabled two-step verification. Regardless what method you've used, we can walk you through resetting the password to your iCloud, iTunes, and App Store accounts.

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How to better protect your iPhone and iPad against hacks and other security and privacy risks

Security and convenience are perpetually at war. There will always be errors, compromises, and oversights that put our privacy at risk. Old ones will get fixed but new ones will get discovered. So what can we do? Luckily, while some of the conveniences of iOS and OS X make our devices easier to use, there are also ways to remove those conveniences and make our devices even more secure. If your privacy is worth more to you than ease of use, here's how you can better lock down your iPhone and/or iPad, and any Mac it might connect to.

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How to change your Apple ID security questions on iPhone or iPad

If you own and iPhone or iPad you almost certain have an Apple ID. It's what you use to log into iCloud and iTunes, and it's what a lot of new iOS 8 features like Continuity use to make sure you're you, and to keep your documents and data private and secure. In other words, your Apple ID is important. If you don't use two-step verification enabled — and you really should! — if you forget your password, the only way to reset it is with your security questions. That's why it's a good idea to review your security questions, make sure they're easy to remember for you but not easy to guess for anyone else.

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How to change the auto-lock time on your iPhone or iPad

The auto-lock feature on the iPhone and iPad lets you control how long you want the screen to stay on when the device isn't being used. The shorter the amount of time you set it for, the faster the screen will go off due to inactivity. A shorter auto-lock time will make your iPhone or iPad prompt for a passcode faster, which results in better security. Not to mention battery life can improve since the screen isn't on as often. Follow along and we'll show you how to edit your auto-lock settings.

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How to secure your iPhone or iPad with a strong alphanumeric password

If a simple 4-digit passcode isn't secure enough for you, you can choose to protect your iPhone or iPad Lock screen with a longer, stronger alphanumeric password. That greatly reduces the chances that anyone can guess or brute-force their way into your device and access your data without your permission. What's more, Apple makes it easy to set up.

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