Apple’s Two Factor Authentication Doesn’t Protect iCloud Backups Or Photo Streams


One of the common bits of advice you’ll see people giving you around this celebrity picture hack is to enable two-factor authentication on your accounts — including Apple’s. That’s good advice, but it wouldn’t have protected any of these celebrities and it doesn’t protect the other accounts that are compromised by hackers that are able to obtain an Apple ID email and password.

While Apple has offered two-factor authentication on accounts for some time now, there is an omission in that system that hackers are taking advantage of. iCloud backups are not protected by two-factor authentication, and can be installed on new devices with only an Apple ID and password.

Of course, that’s still a very big ‘only’. Your email and password are as much protection as almost any service on earth offers you by default — and once a hacker obtains those you’re probably in trouble in any case…

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