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As noted by Letem světem Applem and confirmed by MacRumors editor Eric Slivka, Apple in the aftermath of the nude celeb pics scandal seems to have taken the first in a series of promised steps to bolster up the security of its cloud.

Now each time you sign in to iCloud through a web browser, the Cupertino firm will issue an email notice which contains a date and time that the account was accessed. This behavior is now enabled by default.

Previously, login alerts had been sent only if there was an attempt to log in to iCloud on an unknown Apple device.

Slivka was able to verify that Apple is sending out these alerts even if the specific browser/device has been used previously to access iCloud, in order to ensure that any attempt to compromise your password can be dealt with swiftly — simply follow a link to quickly reset the Apple ID password provided in the message body.

These email notifications are said to be pushed only the first time an account logs in to a particular device/browser.

CEO Tim Cook promised new security measures, including broadening Apple’s two-step verification for iCloud accounts and sending out push alerts on attempted password changes or resets, when someone tries to restore iCloud backup to a new device, or a device logs into an account for the first time.

Until now, users merely received an email when someone tried to change a password or log in from an unknown Apple device. To learn how to enable Apple’s two-step authentication on your account, follow our tutorial.

YouGove (post-iCloud breach security)

According to a YouGov survey (see above) of more than a thousand Americans commissioned by security company Tresorit, approximately one-third of U.S. users have improved their online security in response to the iCloud hacking.

Apple is wise to make these changes given that the celeb hacking couldn’t have come at a worst time as the firm preps to unveil its rumored iPhone mobile payment service tomorrow.

[Letem světem Applem via MacRumors]

  • Frank Anthony

    You guys should really give Apple some break. Not their fault that celeb phones got hacked and no even evidence that it was from Apple iCloud services. At least their security and OS has been the most secured than any other. Apple please focus on this big event tomorrow, No Mistakes oo!

    • Jason Baroni

      Yes, I agree. Their accounts werent’ hacked by a lose system. The hackers just found answers for those security questions to reset their Apple ID. Celebrities got hacked by this easy way people their lives are too much exposed. Apple can’t be blamed for what the media causes to society.

    • David Gitman

      I dont get it. why do celeb keep thier nude photos on thier phones?? why do they even take it??
      btw some celebs had android so…..

      • Just because they are celebs and are ‘famous’ doesn’t mean they aren’t human. They have their own personal lives too and they don’t expect their stuff get leaked just like anyone.

      • Frank Anthony

        I’m not over ruling why they took nude photos and kept it on their phones, but they should also not blame anyone for their crazy wild life… What if the phone got stolen and not hacked? They never thought of it, you don’t have to be a computer wiz to know that your phone can get stolen or lost and probably land on the wrong hands. Dumb people really! PROPERTIES OF HOLLYWOOD, NO SURPRISE!

      • Jason Baroni

        Many people blame them for the nude pictures, but most of this many people does the same. This is humanity. People are free to do what they wanna do, you just gotta be man or woman enough to don’t leak such stuff to the public. The anti ethical deal here is what you do with the pictures you receive. Aside from that, free porn is piracy, but the whole world go for it, even blaming the thing.

  • Jason Baroni

    I received my first email just yesterday. They really rushed to get in tracks for tomorrow, and I must congratulate them for this quick response to what has happened last week.

  • Ian Leon

    I just got one of those :O

  • justme

    some “friend” told me that the Celebritie’s smartphone on their selfies was not only iPhones, there are black berry and xperia’ sony too…

    just saying…

  • Just got one of these as well. Kind of freaked me out for a second when I saw the time. Realized it was pacific time so I did the calculation and was relived that it was me who logged in. 🙂 Nice job Apple.

  • diggitydang

    I see this more as an added precaution, rather than any sort of big security fix… if someone had the know-how to get into your iCloud, wouldn’t some sort of script download your info almost instantly? Going on and changing it seems like putting on a seatbelt after an accident already occurred.

    Either way, I’m not taking nude selfies anytime soon! :/ hahaha…

  • Brian May

    I got one of these as well…followed three minutes later by another email from AppleCare but it was all Chinese characters so I don’t know what that means

  • Kr00

    It’s Indonesian.

    • Brett Griffin

      Well I’m in Australia with all my settings to reflect that. I don’t under why Apple would send me emails in Indonesian

      • Kr00

        The servers that Australia uses are directed through South East Asia, so it might be confusing your location. I’m sure it’ll be ironed out soon enough. Looks like it’s a gradual rollout, so it’s likely that different areas will come online at different times.

  • maverick

    I’ve been getting these messages all morning; it’s starting to piss me off… can’t find a way to turn them off either…

  • Mr-DJ

    I know this discussion is two years old, but in case someone on here gets this in their email and knows the answer, hey great! – – – I just signed into my iCloud account using my EDGE browser. Got the typical email saying someone just signed into your account, etc.. using a CHROME browser. Why would it say CHROME? I used MS EDGE. I do not even have CHROME. And yes it was me that just signed on. Any ideas?