How (and why) to use app-specific passwords with iCloud

Security is a conversation; you need to stay vigilant

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As for you people sniggering at the back of the room muttering asshat opinion about iCloud and nude celebrity hacks in a desperate attempt to claim Apple's platforms aren't secure, please shut up. The iCloud brute force attack was a password problem, not an Apple problem.

"There's no good reason to have weak passwords, but they're like cockroaches: neither security professionals' admonishments nor nuclear winter has much chance of stamping them out of existence," writes Sophos security blogger, Lisa Vaas this morning.

Mote in the eye

The Apple hate masses would be making far better use of their energy if they protested the broken security model offered by competing platforms (online and in person). It would be useful to me, too -- I need other platforms to be secure so I am not rendered slightly more vulnerable as a by-product of their complacent insecurity.

Apple isn't complacent, (not entirely) and has introduced several additional protections since its nude celebrity special event, including sending alerts via email and push notifications when someone tries to change account passwords, restore iCloud data to a new device, or when a device logs into an account for the first time.

Ultimately, security is a conversation, like water it flows back and forth. The bad guys find a vulnerability and the good guys fix it. What's critical is that platforms engage with vulnerabilities as swiftly as they are identified. Doing so sends a message of vigilance that drives criminals elsewhere -- such as to almost every device currently available within the Internet of Things.

Stay safe out there.

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