Not Getting Hacked Is Simple

Let's keep our precious devices secure!




Hackers using stolen iCloud credentials have been able to use Apple’s Find My Device features to remotely lock down Macs and iPhones. They demand Bitcoin ransoms from theusers. NO, it is not Apple getting hacked. It is just a person desperate to earn money trying different combinations (Brute Force Attack) to get into your iCloud.






My Advise? Do not reuse passwords. Keep separate passwords for each account. Simply use different passwords for different services. As long as you don’t reuse passwords, and your iCloud login is distinct from any of your username and password combo that may have been affected by a recent hack, you are safe. Hackers won't have the ability to sign into your iCloud account and impair your Mac or iPhone.

The problem: HOW SHOULD I REMEMBER SO MANY PASSWORDS?

Well, there are various options. 

1. Save them in an Excel file.
2. Use a password manager software. (I personally would recommend this or this).
3. The browser can save your web login passwords too!
4. Some almonds... maybe? To boost your memory

It is a simple, basic yet very useful security feature. Choose a different password for all your different accounts. People are either too lazy or just don't want the hassle of remembering different credentials. As a result, hackers were able to lock down their devices.

As long as someone has access to your iCloud credentials, they can lock a Mac with a passcode even when two-factor authentication is turned on your account. That’s because an Apple user has to be able to search for an iPhone on a map in case it gets lost even if the iPhone is protected with two-factor authentication.
I am going to give you all the free advice I can. In case you have been affected by the issue, you should try contacting Apple support to for assistance. This can only be fixed either by Apple or through a brute force attack of the locked PIN code. This can take weeks to get sorted.



In the future, you should rely on unique passwords and password management programs to safeguard your devices and online accounts, and always change the passwords when one of those accounts is hacked.

If you find this informative, do share with your friends so they can be safe from the trouble of having to wait weeks to use their Apple device again (oh, if somebody you know already had to send their device to apple, they can pass some time watching Star Wars directly from the command prompt. Just check out the article here. Do share your suggestions and opinions in the comments section below!

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