As I’m sure you’ve heard by now, there have been reports of iPhone’s and Mac’s being hacked for a cash payoff in Australia and the United States. With new applications and technologies being released every day, it makes the odds go way up for hackers to find loop holes in these technologies.

Although Apple is unsure of exactly how these hackers were able lock users out of their phones, there is speculations that it was made possible through the app “Find My IPhone” while having access to the user’s apple credentials. The hacker goes by the name of Oleg Pliss. If you are already a victim of the hack and are locked out of your phone you will see the following picture:

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Or on your Macbook:

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 What to do if your idevice has been hacked

The only thing that apple has suggested to secure your products from hacks like this is to set up Apples Two-Factor Authentication which I will show you how to do in a moment. If your phone has already been hacked you will need to restore to factory settings:

  1. Turn off your phone
  2. Plug your cable into your computer and have ITunes up (don’t plug in phone yet)
  3. Press and hold the home key on your phone while it is off (I did mine for about 10 seconds). If nothing happens, plug your cable into your phone while still holding the home key. What you want to see come up is the picture of iTunes and cable on the front of the phone.
  4. ITunes should then recognize your phone as an unrecognized phone
  5. Select restore factory settings – it should then load some software for about 15 minutes and automatically install.

Note: through this process you must not let your phone or computer go to sleep, and don’t disconnect.

 

Set up Two-Factor Authentication for added Security

If your device hasn’t been hacked into. You should definitely set up Apples Two-Factor Authentication as an extra security measure. Apple has a two-factor authentication to iCloud and everything else connected to your Apple ID. This adds an extra layer of security for the service. Here’s how:

Two-factor authentication is an easy way to secure your accounts and make it so you’re logging in with two things: “something you know” (your password), and “something you have,” (your phone). Here’s how to enable it on your Apple ID.

  1. Sign in at My Apple ID.
  2. Select “Password and Security” and enter in the answers to your security questions.
  3. Under “Two-Step Verification,” select “Get Started” and follow the instructions on screen.
  4. You should see the devices you’re using. If not, enable “Find My iPhone” on your device (Settings > iCloud). Click “Verify” and it’ll send you a four digit number.
  5. In the next step you’ll get a recovery key. Print or write this down and keep it in a safe place. This is the only way to regain access to your account if you lose it.
  6. Confirm your recovery key, and then click “Enable Two-Factor Authentication.”

 

Once it’s set up you’ll have to enter in both you password and the four digit code Apple sends you any time you want to make a purchase in iTunes, the App Store, or the iBookstore from a new device. Head over to Apple’s support page if you have any problems setting it up.