If you’re using iCloud to safely store files and other data, you’re already one step ahead of the game when it comes to protecting yourself online. But even iCloud storage isn’t 100 percent safe and secure, and it helps to be aware of settings that can put you more at risk for hacking attempts. “In today’s digital age, personal data is one of the most valuable assets we have,” said Tech Expert Kosha Shah, digital strategist at Technostacks Infotech Pvt. Ltd. “From credit card information to private messages, our devices hold a wealth of information about us that, if accessed by the wrong person, can lead to identity theft, financial fraud, and a host of other issues.. That’s why it’s so important to be aware of the various settings on our devices that can leave our data vulnerable to attack.”
One of the most commonly used features on Apple devices is iCloud Backup, according to Shah. “This feature automatically backs up your iPhone or iPad to iCloud, including all of your personal data such as photos, contacts, and messages. It’s a convenient way to make sure your data is safe, but it can also be a security risk.” Here’s what you need to know about this setting and why it’s a good idea to turn it off.
What is the iCloud setting in question?
The iCloud Backup feature is the setting that automatically backs up your device to iCloud, Shah said. “This includes all of your personal data such as photos, contacts, and messages. It’s a great way to make sure your data is safe, but it can also be a security risk.”
Why is it a security risk?
“The problem with iCloud Backup is that if an attacker gains access to your iCloud account, they can easily access and download all of this sensitive information,” Shah said. “They can also use this information to gain access to your other accounts, such as your bank account or social media profiles. This is because many people use the same login information for multiple accounts, making it easy for an attacker to gain access to multiple systems.”
Another issue with iCloud Backup is that it stores your data in the cloud, which means it’s accessible from anywhere with an…