Was Your Apple ID Hacked? Here’s How To Secure Your Account

How to protect your Apple ID: Tips to follow
Hackers can break into your Apple ID

Apple’s services and products are only accessible through their walled garden. Users can only access the company’s products and services with an Apple ID. If someone figures out your Apple ID credentials, there’s a lot of personal data at risk. Anyone with access to the account can read all emails, regardless of whether they are sent through the account. In addition, they can view calendar entries, contact information, photos, videos, and even files stored in the iCloud drive. If Find my iPhone is enabled, an intruder can access the GPS location of a user’s phone and their notes. But how can this happen? And what can I do about such a mess? Let’s get into it together.

How do Hackers Get Your Apple ID?

Today’s digital world is rife with threats, and you can never be sure of your online safety. Hackers are developing new methods of accessing other people’s phones, this can be difficult to detect. Note that another method of hacking into your device is phishing.

It is not clear to everybody how the app for iPhone may contain spyware. To spread it, hackers use developer’s account tricks, disguising the spyware application as a game or program that is not in the app. The standard disguise is the hack of a paid game/program or some “unique” utility. Users find the ad for such an app somewhere online, follow the instructions, and install the third-party app not controlled by AppStore administration. Of course, not all programs installed in such a way are malicious, but it’s always risky.

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Warning from Apple that your device has been compromised

In the case of phishing, the attacker tries to get our iCloud access data. To do that, they’ll send you fake e-mails on behalf of important companies. Attackers will also ask you to fill out forms and send them your confidential data, such as insurance numbers, passwords, and usernames. Additionally, phishing provides the distribution of external links through which to distribute malicious applications.

8 Warning Signs of Apple ID Compromising

As soon as hackers enter your device, you can replace their penetration. To do this, pay attention to such signs:

  • Your Apple ID password is not working.
  • Your device is locked or placed into “Lost Mode” while you did not lose it.
  • You observe files, apps, photos, or messages that you don’t recognize stored in iCloud or anywhere on your device.
  • You receive an Apple email stating that someone accessed your account from a new device.
  • You have informed that your account’s email, phone number, or password was changed.
  • You may receive receipts or documentation of unusual charges from the App Store or iTunes store.
  • Your account information needs to be corrected. For example, a new name or address is used.
  • You have informed that your account’s email or phone number altered.
  • You have notified that your password changed.
  • You may receive receipts or documentation of unusual charges from the App Store or iTunes store.
  • Your account information needs a few corrects. For example, usage of new name or address.

What To Do If Your Apple Account Is Hacked

Your iPhone can affect more problems than you can imagine. Be vigilant and avoid unnecessary clicks, be it updates or websites. If you all have noticed some strange activity on your device, do the following steps to counteract.

  • Log in to your Apple ID account page (appleid.apple.com). If you have trouble performing this or receive a notification that the account is disabled or locked, try resetting the account from your iPhone or any other Apple device, you’ve previously logged in on. To accomplish this, go to Settings, click on your profile on top, then go to Password & Security > Change Password. Here, follow the instructions to reset your password. You can also sign in to your Apple ID account from a new device by selecting “Forgot Apple ID or password?”.


  • Next, change your Apple ID password, and choose a new, strong password. It could be more secure if your Password only contains letters, digits, and symbols. Consider using a password manager if you need more creativity to develop a password.

Apple ID password

  • Additionally, you should review all of your personal information. Check your name, primary Apple ID email, backup emails, and phone number. It’s necessary to ensure none of this was altered by the intruder. Otherwise, you will no longer be able to log in to your Apple ID and may lose all important files on your device.
  • The most important security measure is to implement 2FA for your Apple ID. Two-factor authentication adds a layer of security that prevents access to your account even if your Password compromised. You’ll have to verify a second login credential with a PIN that you’ll receive via your mobile device or biometric identification. iPhones have a built-in 2FA authenticator. This can be increased in security by using the 2FA authenticator tool or a third-party 2FA app.

By Stephanie Adlam

I write about how to make your Internet browsing comfortable and safe. The modern digital world is worth being a part of, and I want to show you how to do it properly.

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