Security Tips

How to control which apps have access to iCloud Drive

With iCloud Drive, you can create files in one app on your iPhone and then open or edit them in a different app on your iPad or Mac. For privacy and security reasons, however, you can also control which apps can access your iCloud Drive files.

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How to control which iPhone and iPad apps can access your Twitter and Facebook accounts

We use Facebook and Twitter for more than just talking with our virtual social communities these days. We use them to login to other sites, to comment, to register — to host our digital identity. That's why it's a good idea to check and control which iPhone and iPad apps have access to your Facebook and Twitter accounts. The best part is you don't even have to log in to Facebook or Twitter on the web. You can do it right from your iPhone or iPad!

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How to remove an iPhone, iPad, or Mac from Find My iPhone and iCloud

Find My iPhone and iCloud work together so you can keep track of all your iPhones, iPads, and Macs, all in one place. If you're upgrading to a new device, trading in your existing one, or even selling it, however you'll want to make sure you completely remove it from Find my iPhone before letting it out of your possession. This ensures the new owner can't access your data and that they'll be able to link the device in question to their own iCloud account.

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How to remove a credit or debit card from Apple Pay

Apple makes it easy to add any and all of your supported credit and debit cards to Apple Pay. If, however, you lose, cancel, or change a card for any reason, you'll need to remove it. Luckily, Apple makes it just as easy to to that.

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How to remotely remove your credit and debit cards from Apple Pay

Apple Pay offers many security advantages, including single-use tokens and authentication via Touch ID fingerprint scan or pin code. However, if you lose your iPhone or iPad, you'll still want to remove any credit or debit cards that you've linked to it, just to be extra safe. Luckily, Apple and iCloud.com let you do just that secure and, best of all, remotely. Simply log in and wipe your cards away!

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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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Need to disable Notification Center and Siri access from the Lock screen? Here's how in iOS 8!

By default you can access Notification Center, Control Center, and Siri from the Lock screen of any iPhone or iPad, regardless of whether or not there's a passcode set. However, you can disable these options in the Settings app if you choose to. While Control Center access hasn't changed, many readers have been asking me how to restrict access to Siri and Notification Center in iOS 8 since they aren't seeing the options anymore. Fear not, they aren't gone, they've just moved!

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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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