With the recent furore around iCloud, stirred by the substantial leak of nude celebrity photos online, it should come as no surprise that Apple wants its services to appear a little more secure.
While the company has denied any breach of iCloud in relation to the leaked images, it’s still felt it necessary to send out email alerts whenever an account is accessed using a web browser. Spotted by Letem světem Applem and MacRumors, the notification is sent out automatically and reads:
Your Apple ID (xxx) was used to sign in to iCloud via a web browser.
Date and Time: September 8, 2014, 8:35 AM PDT
If you recently signed in to iCloud.com, you can disregard this email.
If you have not signed in to iCloud.com recently and believe someone may have accessed your account, you should reset your password at My Apple ID.
Both myself and fellow colleagues at TNW have received this email alert. At the moment, it’s unclear whether they’re being sent out to all iCloud users, as well as for all web-based iCloud log-in attempts. We’ve reached out to Apple and will update this article with any information we receive.
Apple has promised to strengthen iCloud security with a number of additional measures, such as two-factor authentication and notifications – email and push – whenever a password is changed, or a new device logs into an account.
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Apple chief executive Tim Cook said hackers were able to obtain passwords for celebrities’ iCloud accounts by answering security questions and creating phishing scams.
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