Has your iCloud account been hacked?
security Mar 29, 2017
In light of recent claims by a hacker group in London to supposedly have 250M+ legitimate iCloud account credentials, let's hold off on hitting the "Panic" button just yet and look at the issues calmly...
ZDNet is doing a good job covering the news side and trying to sort out the legitimacy of the claims, but I just want to focus in on a few takaways:
- Apple/iCloud has not been hacked. In fact, this is not an Apple problem, per se -- it could just as well be Google.
- The passwords were stolen through other hacked sources (Yahoo?) and tested on iCloud under the premise that people often use the same password over and over.
- If you have two-factor authentication turned on, you are protected -- assuming they do not have access to your phone/ipad. (Unlikely)
With all that said, your iCloud account (or your Google account for that matter) may not have been hacked (at least not yet), it could be vulnerable.
If you have ever used the same password for multiple accounts, it's time to change that habit... and change your passwords to pass-phrases (using different cases, characters and numbers, at least 12 characters in length). If you haven't already, turn on two-factor authentication. I know it's a PITA to do and keep track of all this, but that's just the world we live in. You wouldn't go to the mall, lock your car and then leave your keys in the door, would you?
Very soon we will be offering a course to help people keep their accounts and devices secure... while keeping their sanity. Become a TECHSmart.me member and we'll let you know as soon as it's available.
:-Joel K @ TECHSmart.me