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Apple unveils plan to stop iCloud, iMessage hacking

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Apple plans to permit 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 recent device, it said on Wednesday.

The forthcoming options, together with one other security measure for Apple’s iMessage chat program, are particularly aimed toward celebrities, journalists, activists, politicians and other high-profile individuals heavily targeted by hackers, the corporate 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 give you the option to activate the free Advanced Data Protection for iCloud storage by the tip of the 12 months. When turned on, Apple cannot help users get well photos, notes, voice memos and about 20 other forms of data in the event that they forget their password. It would expand globally next 12 months.

The choice to require plugging a security fob right into a recent device to access an Apple account is predicted to roll out next 12 months. Rival Alphabet’s Google already supports such hardware keys, that are certified by industry body FIDO and value about $25.

On iMessage, conversations between users who enable the brand new Contact Key Verification next 12 months would receive automated alerts about unrecognized devices potentially snooping on the exchange. Users can manually confirm their communication is secure by matching up security codes, too. Secure chat services akin to Signal offer comparable features.

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