Apple will offer options to secure data, chats

Apple
plans
to
allow
users
to
more
tightly
lock
down
photos
and
notes
stored
on
its
iCloud
service
and
require
a
physical
security
key
when
logging
in
from
a
new
device,
it
said
on
Wednesday.

Apple will offer options to secure data, chats

Apple
plans
to
allow
users
to
more
tightly
lock
down
photos
and
notes
stored
on
its
iCloud
service
and
require
a
physical
security
key
when
logging
in
from
a
new
device,
it
said
on
Wednesday.

The
forthcoming
options,
along
with
another
security
measure
for
Apple’s
iMessage
chat
program,
are
particularly
aimed
at
celebrities,
journalists,
activists,
politicians
and
other
high-profile
individuals
heavily
targeted
by
hackers,
the
company
said.

The
iPhone
maker
said
that
though
it
was
not
aware
of
breaches
to
iCloud
servers
or
iMessage
exchanges,
hacking
attempts
are
increasing.

US
users
will
be
able
to
activate
the
free
Advanced
Data
Protection
for
iCloud
storage
by
the
end
of
the
year.

When
turned
on,
Apple
cannot
help
users
recover
photos,
notes,
voice
memos
and
about
20
other
types
of
data
if
they
forget
their
password.
It
will
expand
globally
next
year.

The
option
to
require
plugging
a
security
fob
into
a
new
device
to
access
an
Apple
account
is
expected
to
roll
out
next
year.
Rival
Alphabet
Google
already
supports
such
hardware
keys,
which
are
certified
by
industry
body
FIDO
and
cost
about
US$25
(A$37).

On
iMessage,
conversations
between
users
who
enable
the
new
Contact
Key
Verification
next
year
would
receive
automated
alerts
about
unrecognized
devices
potentially
snooping
on
the
exchange.

Users
can
also
manually
verify
their
communication
is
secure
by
matching
up
security
codes.
Secure
chat
services
such
as
Signal
offer
comparable
features.

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