Apple to add security alerts for iCloud users, says Cook

Friday 05 September 2014 14.10
Apple's CEO Tim Cook to 'aggressively' encourage users to take stricter security measures
Apple's CEO Tim Cook to 'aggressively' encourage users to take stricter security measures

Apple is planning additional steps to keep hackers out of user accounts in the face of the recent celebrity photo scandal.

It will aggressively encourage users to take stricter security measures, CEO Tim cook told the Wall Street Journal in an interview. 

Apple will alert users through email and push notifications when someone tries to change an account password, restore iCloud data to a new device, or when a device logs into an account for the first time, the report said. 

Apple is moving quickly to restore confidence in its systems' security ahead of the crucial launch of its new iPhone next week. 

Cook said Apple will broaden its use of the two-factor authentication security system to avoid future intrusions, the Journal reported. 

The two-factor authentication requires a user to have two of three things to access an account, which may include a password ,a separate four-digit one-time code, or a long access key given to the user when they signed up for the service. 

The iPhone maker said it plans to more aggressively encourage people to turn on the two-factor authentication in the new version of iOS, the newspaper reported. 

Apple said ealier this week that the attacks that emerged over the Labor Day weekend on celebrities' iCloud accounts were individually targeted, and that none of the cases it investigated had resulted from a breach of its systems. 

Some security experts have faulted Apple for failing to make its devices and software easier to secure through two-factor authentication, which requires a separate verification code after users log in initially. 

Apple could also do more to advertise that option, they said. Most people do not bother with security measures because of the extra hassle, experts say, and the leading phone makers are partly to blame. 

The iCloud service allows users to store photos and other content and access it from any Apple device. 

Security in the cloud has been a paramount concern in past years, but that has not stopped the rapid adoption of services that offer reams o fstorage and management of data and content off smartphones and computers.