3. Disable My Photo Stream
When you take or save photos and other images on an iPhone, they are automatically uploaded onto iCloud using a feature called My Photo Stream. This makes the images available to anyone with access to both your iCloud account and iCloud-enabled devices.
Although automatically pushing photos and images to iCloud is useful when you want to be able to access them on any of your devices, it may not be the best option if they contain sensitive information.
To keep photos and other images strictly on your device and out of iCloud, you can completely turn off My Photo Stream for any or all of your devices. From the Settings menu, go to iCloud, select Photos and switch My Photo Stream to off.
4. Mind Your Email Addresses
Your iCloud account relies heavily on your email address. When you need to register, log in or reset your password, your email address is your key to securing your iCloud account. Because of this, iCloud users need to make sure they always remember and have access to the email address associated with iCloud. They should also keep that account safe from cyberattacks.
First, Apple recommends keeping your Apple ID current at all times. For instance, if you end up no longer accessing the email address you used when you registered, make sure to update your Apple ID account with an email address that you currently do use. The same applies to places that reissue email addresses, such as Internet providers, mobile carriers and employers. That way, you'll always have access to any emails and alerts from Apple, which is especially important if you've forgotten or need to reset your password.
Apple also suggests adding a "rescue email address" to your Apple ID account. In the event that your primary email address (the one you used to register your Apple ID) is compromised, the rescue email address is your key to resetting your password, changing your contact information and protecting your account.
Lastly, Apple advises users to always make sure they follow email best practices to secure their inboxes and online accounts against hackers. This includes dodging phishing scams by not opening emails from unknown senders, never clicking on suspicious links and avoiding providing personal information to unfamiliar websites.
For more information on how to keep your iCloud account safe, check out Apple's iCloud security and privacy overview.
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