Friday, September 5, 2014

Apple To Add Security Alerts For iCloud Users

Apple will add security alerts for iCloud users, broaden two-factor authentication and make a more aggressive effort to alert users about protecting their accounts. Tim Cook CEO of Apple  said this to the Wall Street Journal on the matter. “To make such leaks less likely, Mr. Cook said Apple will alert users via email and push notifications when someone tries to change an account password, restore iCloud data to a new device, or when a device logs into an account for the first time. Until now, users got an email when someone tried to change a password or log in for the first time from an unknown Apple device; there were no notifications for or restoring iCloud data”.  The new notifications will begin in two weeks and will allow users to take action on potential hacking, allowing them to either change the password to retake the account or alerting Apple's security team. Cook all had this to say "When I step back from this terrible scenario that happened and say what more could we have done, I think about the awareness piece. I think we have a responsibility to ratchet that up. That's not really an engineering thing." Apple has a media event on September 9 where they are said to be revealing the iPhone 6 and the iWatch.

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