Apple to increase protection of user privacy
According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple CEO Tim Cook has announced that Apple is looking to introduce measures to protect user information and keep hacker out of the accounts on iPads, iPhones and MacBooks. Users can expect to receive emails and push notification in two weeks when iCloud data is restored, passwords are changed or when new devices a logged on for the first time.
This comes after the nude photos of celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence from Hunger Games were leaked online. The pictures were reportedly obtained from Apple iCloud. It seems these celebrities were targets of hackers that want to compromise their usernames, passwords and security questions.
Apple and the FBI are still investigating the matter but precautionary measures are to be implemented as soon as possible before the case is solved. With the brand new changes, users will now be alerted when suspicious activity is happening on iCloud accounts and be prompted to change passwords immediately or inform Apple’s team.
Cook also explained that the use of two factor authentication by Apple will be expanded. In addition to a password, users will need an additional code to log into their accounts. The next version of iOS is set to push the usage of the authenticator to prevent hacking and invasions of privacy. Surprisingly, a majority of Apple users do not use the two factor authentication. This should turn around soon especially with the increased amount of hacking activity occurring recently.
Source: The Verge