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Tips to keep your Apple ID safe

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If you’re worried about keeping your Apple ID safe, we’ve compiled a list of quick, easy, and useful tips you can follow to keep your account safe.

Keep reading for tips on keeping your Apple ID safe.

Enable two-factor authentication

Two-factor authentication is designed to help ensure that only you can access your Apple ID, even if someone else knows your password. When you try to log in to your Apple ID on a new device, you’ll be asked for a six-digit verification code that appears on a trusted device.

Enabling two-factor authentication is easy and only requires a phone number. To set it up, go to Sign-in & Security in your Apple device settings. Select Two-factor authentication and add your trusted phone number.

Use a recovery key

Another way to protect your account is to set up a Recovery Key, an optional security feature that allows you to reset your password and regain access to a lost Apple ID.

Your recovery key is a randomly generated 28-character code that you can easily generate on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac. Once you’ve generated your personal recovery code, make sure you write it down so you don’t lose it.

To set up a recovery key, go to the “Sign-in & security” page in your device’s settings and select “Account recovery.” From there, click “Turn on recovery key” and follow the on-screen instructions to set it up. Once your recovery key is assigned, be sure to make a note of it.

Note that setting a Recovery Key automatically turns off Apple’s standard account recovery process, which means if you lose access to your Apple ID, you’ll need to log in again using either your Recovery Key or a trusted device. If you lose either your Recovery Key or a trusted device, you’ll be permanently locked out of your account.

Manage sites and apps where you sign in with Apple

Many websites and apps that require you to create an account give you the option to log in with Apple or other social media networks. This is a useful feature that can save you time, especially when you’re in a hurry, but it can be easy to lose track of all the different third-party sites that have access to your Apple ID data.

It’s easy to see which apps you’ve logged into using your Apple ID. To do so, open the Settings app, click on your Apple ID and tap “Sign-in & Security.” Then click on “Sign in with Apple” and you’ll see a list of all your apps. To remove an app, click on it and select “Stop using Apple ID.”

While we never recommend sharing your password with anyone, Apple does give you the option to add a recovery contact, someone who can verify your identity and generate codes from your Apple device to help you recover your data.

To do this, your recovery contact must have an Apple device running iOS/iPadOS 15 or later, or macOS Monterey or later. Go to your Apple ID Sign-in & Security page and select Account Recovery. Then select Add a Recovery Contact.

Also, we recommend that you don’t share your account with others, as Apple has other ways to share content, such as Family Sharing and iCloud Photo Sharing.

Change your password

It’s nothing revolutionary, but changing your password is the quickest and easiest way to keep your Apple ID safe. In fact, we recommend updating all your passwords regularly and not using the same passwords on different websites.

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