3 Essential Tips to Protect Photos on iCloud

Posted by Britt Duncan - September 3, 2014

Cloud-base service has brought us untold convenience. We can share  files among family members and co-workers with just a click. But, the abundant contents on the iCloud has made it the target of greedy  hackers whose ultimate goal is filthy lucre. Privacy leak can lead to great damage. 3 basic tips that every user should keep in mind are provided in this post. Go check whether your account is safe or not!



tips Stop photo streaming


So far, it seems that the convenience is the biggest enemy of security. Photo streaming syncs every single of your taken photos on the iPhone to iCloud automatically if you turn on this settings. This may be quite handy without further struggle to upload tons of pictures later on. However, you may not be aware of this once getting used to it. That’s probably the source of tragedy. If you have any sensitive files which get loaded to iCloud by default without knowing it, it turns into a hazard of privacy leak.

To turn off this setting on iPhone, go to Settings and select iCloud -> Photos. Switch My Photo Stream off. As iCloud pushes your photos onto all your connected devices, make sure to turn this function off on your other devices, like iPad, Mac or iPhoto.


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tipsDelete photos you don’t want others to get


If there are certain photos you try to protect against malicious hackers, it is safer to wipe them out off other devices. To do that on your iPhone, select Photos -> Albums -> My Photo Stream. Click Select in the upper right corner to choose and delete the photos you don’t want to keep. Please note that those photos are still kept on your original device that you use to make them. But they are gone from the Photo Stream and all connected devices. Also, some users delete items from Camera Roll and think that they disappear from the cloud-based server as well mistakenly, which can also be the missed cause of privacy leak.

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tips Set up two-step verification

Some users prefer convenience over safety and set a numerical password with memorable dates, like birthday, anniversaries or addresses. This facilitates the job of hackers who try to crack users’ password with random combination. Two-step verification requires the set-up password as well as a code sent by service to gain assess to iCloud. In other words, one has to possess the password and iPhone at the same time to log into the iCloud. Without any doubt, this is far more secure than just one password.

To enable the two-step verification:

1. log in to your iCloud account, click account picture in the top right corner and select Account Settings from drop-down menu. Click the Apple ID email address and Manage Your Apple ID in the next page to sign in.


2. At the left side, hit Password and Security. Click Get started blue link in the middle and then Continue underneath introduction of two-step verification.

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3. After finishing some more information about this verification, click Continue again. Next, put in your phone number and select country code. Tap Continue.

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4. After that, you will receive a SMS with a four-digit PIN code. Enter it into in the displaying box and, well, click Continue to proceed.


5. Select devices that you want to verify, and click Continue. The backup verification key is listed on the screen, make sure you note it down as you have to put it in the next step and copy-and-paste don’t work.



6. After all troubles, mark the check-box before you acknowledging the consequences of doing so, you can finally click Enable two-step verification.

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Note: remember to keep the backup verification in a safe place for that it can be used to unlock your account should you ever be without the phone you’ve just registered.


Thus, next time you try to log in to iCloud.com to manage your account, you need to enter the set-up password plus that code to get in.

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