Apple responds to ransom threat: iCloud, Apple ID and other systems have not been breached

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 23, 2017

Yesterday, a hacker group known as “Turkish Crime Family” told Motherboard it had obtained access to hundreds of millions iCloud and Apple ID accounts. They’ve threatened to reset passwords and remotely wipe Apple devices of all their data, including photos, videos and messages, unless the company pays a ransom of either $75,000 in the Bitcoin/Ethereum cryptocurrencies or $100,000 in iTunes Gift Cards, by April 7. Today, Apple denied the hacking claims, telling Forbes that iCloud, Apple ID and other systems haven’t been hacked into directly. Read More

 

StoreSwitcher lets you easily switch between App Store accounts

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 12, 2017

If you have more than one Apple ID associated with your iPhone for downloading apps from the App Store, then having a way to switch between your accounts more easily might be at the top of your wish list.

A new jailbreak tweak called StoreSwitcher by iOS developer Ori Kadosh is a new release that was designed with these kinds of people in mind. Read More

 

How to deauthorize a computer that uses your iTunes account

By Anthony Bouchard on Oct 12, 2016

All the media that you buy through Apple’s digital content stores can only be accessed on iOS devices, Macs, and PCs that are authorized to use your iTunes account.

You might buy or sell computers or mobile devices from time to time, so it’s a good idea to deauthorize the computers and devices you’re not using anymore before you hand them off. Read More

 

How to protect your Apple ID with Two-Factor Authentication

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 21, 2016

Two-Factor Authentication strengthens the security of your Apple ID by preventing anyone from accessing or using it, even if they know your password. With Two-Factor Authentication, one of your trusted devices generates a one-time code when you make a purchase or sign in to your Apple ID, iCloud, iCloud.com, iMessage, FaceTime or Game Center account on a new device. Two-Factor Authentication is also required for Auto Unlock so you can unlock your Mac by wearing an Apple Watch.

In this tutorial we’ll show you how to protect your Apple ID with Two-Factor Authentication or, if you’re still using the older and less secure Two-Step Verification, upgrade to Two-Factor Authentication. Read More

 

Pangu creates official Reddit account, tweets public statement on recent hack claims

By Anthony Bouchard on Jul 31, 2016

Pangu was recently subjected to trust issues after a thread made it to Reddit claiming that some users had unauthorized charges from Beijing on their PayPal account after jailbreaking, others had their Facebook account show login attempts from various Asian countries, but mostly from China.

Despite all of the confusion, Pangu has made an official statement, and we have the scoop. Read More

 

Do you have unfinished Mac App Store downloads? Here’s how to check

By Anthony Bouchard on Jul 18, 2016

Do you have any Mac App Store apps stuck in cyberspace that you don’t even know about?

That’s a trick question… how are you going to know if you don’t check?

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can check to see if there are any downloads waiting to be completed in the Mac App Store on your Mac. Read More

 

Spark for iPhone is locking some people out of their Apple IDs, Readdle blames server issues

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 15, 2016

Reports surfaced yesterday on Reddit that some users of Readdle’s excellent free mobile email client, Spark for iPhone, got locked out of their Apple ID account. Some of the affected people were able to re-gain access by performing a password reset on their Apple ID. It would appear that an error on Spark’s servers has caused this behavior though Readdle assured customers that there was no breach or data leak. Read More

 

Read this if you just switched Apple ID to download Pokémon Go

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 13, 2016

In less than a week, Pokémon Go has become the biggest mobile game in the US history, however, the app is currently limited to App Stores in the United States, New Zealand, Australia and Germany.

Eager to get their hands on some pokémon, some of the tech-savvier international users have resorted to switching their Apple ID in order to download the game only to find their Apple Music libraries wiped as a result, reports The Telegraph. Read More

 

Tip: Disable additional Mac App Store password prompts for 15 minutes after a purchase

By Anthony Bouchard on Jul 13, 2016

Have you ever went on an app downloading spree in the Mac App Store only to find that it was going to ask for your password every time you wanted to download a paid app on your Mac?

If you’re the only user on your Mac, then you probably don’t want to or need to be bothered with having to enter your password each and every time.

Instead, OS X includes a feature that lets you disable password prompts for additional purchases for up to 15 minutes following your first Mac App Store purchase in a succession. We’ll show you how to configure this feature in this tutorial. Read More

 

It seems that iOS 10 beta 2 locks some people out of their Apple ID

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 7, 2016

Some folks with iOS 10 beta 2 installed on their iPhone are finding that they’ve been locked out of their Apple ID account, unable to perform a password reset. As per a new thread on Reddit, the problem seems to affect a portion of iOS 10 beta 2 users whose Apple ID account has been protected with Apple’s two-step authentication system, which requires both a password and a one-time six-digit code when using iCloud on a new device.

We’re posting this as convenience for those who have been affected. If you’re seeing this, you probably don’t need to worry about your Apple ID being hacked and unrecoverable, it’s just a bug in iOS 10 beta 2. Read More

 
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