Warning Signs Your iCloud Account Could Have Been Hacked
Jennifer Lawrence was just in the news only a week or so ago with the news that her iCloud account had been hacked, and now it's already happened again. Unfortunately, this has also meant more individuals are now afraid of what could happen to their own accounts and sensitive personal information. Keeping in mind that it can still be a very safe tool if you know how to handle it, here are some warning signs that your iCloud could be compromised, so you'll know when to move should an emergency arrive.
If you start seeing emails advising you of password changes or attempts to make changes to other accounts, check your iCloud account.
Chances are, if you're seeing your other accounts may be compromised, you should check your Apple account as well. If someone has accessed your personal information and you tend to use the same password with most of your other online hangouts, there's a pretty good chance you'll be seeing your iCloud cracked as well. Get started on changing those passwords immediately.
If you use two-factor authentication and suddenly see a rash of emails that you didn't initiate, you could have fallen victim to a hacker.
Obviously two-step authentication requires both a password to an account and a special security token. If you start seeing emails or texts asking for your security code when you've never initiated the process, take care to secure your account or even delete sensitive information from your phone. You never know how far along the intruders could be when it comes to breaching your data.
Look at strange purchases on your iTunes account or download history.
If you're seeing unfamiliar items or downloads here and there, someone may have already gained access to your account. Ensure you're monitoring these items regularly -- your iTunes account is a good indicator of where the potential hacker's interests lie, and keeping your password different and difficult to crack is always a good idea, whether you're concerned your sensitive data is at risk or not.
If you see any bizarre behavior on your phone, emails you don't recognize, or social media account posts you don't recognize, you could have been hacked.
It's easy to write off weird occurrences as nothing, but if your data is important to you you must treat every small discrepancy as a potential threat. View each and every issue as a probable symptom to a potential breach, and stay vigilant. If you do, your data may well be protected in the event someone decides they want in. Of course, the safest place to keep your sensitive information is off the cloud entirely, but this is a foolproof solution you can use if you know how to rotate passwords and make sure things are secure.