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Apple ID security: prevent phishing attacks with two-factor authentication

Learn how cybercriminals exploit phishing and learn how to defend your Apple ID with simple but effective security measures

Apple ID users are being hacked via phishing emails and SMS that appear legitimate. Hackers steal credentials to lock out accounts and access funds. Enabling two-factor authentication (2FA) is vital to protecting yourself by avoiding clicking on suspicious links.

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Apple ID users could face tough times amid a recent wave of cyberattacks targeting Apple's identification system. This issue affects a considerable number of people, considering that Apple ID is used by approximately 1.46 billion users globally. According to a CBS News report, cybersecurity company Symantec has highlighted a worrying new threat consisting of phishing campaigns aimed at compromising Apple IDs. Cybercriminals are launching sophisticated campaigns using emails and SMS messages disguised as official Apple communications, with the intent to mislead users.

Mode of action of phishing attacks

Cybercriminals send deceptive messages that often warn users of supposed problems with their iCloud accounts. These seemingly legitimate messages lead victims to visit fraudulent websites that require them to enter their Apple ID credentials. Fake sites are designed to appear authentic, even using captcha systems to further deceive victims. Once the hackers obtain the credentials, they quickly proceed to change the Apple ID password, locking the user out of their account and thus being able to access financial apps to steal funds.

Strategies to protect yourself from attacks

It is crucial not to fall into the traps of messages that require immediate action or sensitive information. Apple strongly recommends turning on two-factor authentication (2FA) to add an extra layer of security to your Apple ID. With 2FA, each time you log in to your Apple account, you will receive a unique six-digit code via SMS, which you must enter to complete the login. This method offers additional protection against unauthorized access, making it much more difficult for hackers to take control of accounts.

Turn on two-factor authentication

To turn on two-factor authentication on your iPhone, you can follow a few simple steps: go to Settings, tap your name at the top, select "Password & Security," and then "Turn on two-factor authentication" and "Continue. " Next, you will need to enter a reliable phone number to receive 2FA codes and tap "Next." By entering the code received, activation will be completed. It is also important to avoid clicking on any links in emails or text messages that appear to come from Apple. Always verify the source of the message and, if you are suspicious, contact Apple Support directly to confirm the legitimacy of the communication.

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07/09/2024 10:55

Marco Verro

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