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Some Things That Can You When Your Apple ID is Hacked

Your Apple ID is your passport to the world of Apple, unlocking a number of brilliantly convenient apps and services with just the one password. However, if your account is hacked, it then gives the hacker free rein over exactly the same information.

What is an Apple ID?

If you choose a strong password then the chance of being hacked is unlikely in the extreme; but if both the US and UK governments can be hacked then it can happen to anyone.

Here’s what to do if you are unlucky enough to have your Apple ID hacked.

How can I tell if my Apple ID has been hacked?

Hackers will crack your Apple ID in order to steal stuff, either in the form of money from your stored credit card details, or information.

The first you may know of it will be when you notice one of the following things:

Apple sends you an email telling you that you’ve accessed your account from a new device, have changed some personal details, or have recently changed your password. If you haven’t done any of these things then your Apple ID may well have been hacked.
You notice some unusual purchases through your Apple account that you haven’t made or authorised.
Messages start to appear that you haven’t sent.
Your usual password doesn’t work, or
Some of your account details have been changed.
The key here is not to panic; the situation might be serious but panicking has never made a bad situation better. However, you do need to act quickly as the hacker can steal money and information, or even delete all of your photos and documents just for fun.

Step One: Reset your Apple ID password

If you think that you might have been hacked then the first step to recovery is to reset your password. Simply click here: Apple ID and then work your way through the process.

DO NOT use the same password for multiple accounts on different websites as this is the most common method hackers use to crack your password; by hacking one relatively insecure website, they can steal your password and then use it to gain access to other more secure websites like Apple’s.

If you can’t reset your password then you will need to contact Apple Support immediately by clicking here: Apple Support.

Once you’ve reset your password and secured your account again you can move on to checking your personal information and then reporting the matter to Apple.

Step Two: Check your account

Check all of your personal information to make sure that none of it has been changed, updating any that has been. You should also check your Apple ID security questions and change them if you think they might be easy to guess or compromised.

It is also worth checking your email accounts to make sure that they haven’t been hacked and that you still have control of them. If they have been then you should read this article:

Step Three: Report it

After you have done this, you need to report the matter via Apple Support.

If you think that there have been any suspicious financial transactions and/or purchases then you must inform your bank or credit card company immediately too and follow their instructions.

You can check for purchases in iTunes on your desktop or laptop computer by clicking iTunes > iTunes Store > Purchased.

On a mobile device you simply click the iTunes Store icon > ŸŸŸ More >Purchased.

Step Four: Secure your account

You should also consider setting up Two-Step Verification and Two-Factor Authentication on your Apple account. You can find out how to do this here: What Is an Apple ID?.

Have you been hacked? If so, we’d love to hear about your experience over on our Facebook page to help warn other readers.

Easy Ways an iPhone Could Save Your Life

From making calls to checking emails, Apple’s iPhone is the digital equivalent of a swiss army knife. And much like that multi-function tool, the iPhone can even help in an emergency.

1. Ask Siri to call for help

If you can’t reach your phone and have an iPhone 6S, Siri can call for help for you. Just say ‘Hey Siri’ and tell it the number to dial.

Earlier this year, a US teenager who was trapped under his truck with his iPhone in his back pocket, used Siri to dial the emergency services. To use Siri this way, enable voice activation by tapping Settings > General > Siri and turn on Allow ‘Hey Siri’.

2. ICE your iPhone contacts

It’s always a good idea to have an ICE (in case of emergency) contact on your iPhone. Medical staff will use this to contact the person for your medical history.

Tap Contacts and then the plus sign + to add a new contact. In the name field, type ICE (or ICE 1 if you’ve more than one ICE contact), then add their number.

3. Add a Medical ID

New iPhones (and iPhones running on the iOS 8 operating system update or later) include Medical ID, which lets emergency staff view medical information, such as conditions and allergies, along with emergency contacts. This is handy if your iPhone has a screenlock that prevents others from accessing your ICE contacts.

The Medical ID page can be found on the Emergency Call screen, which is accessed by tapping Emergency at the bottom of the Lock screen.

To create a Medical ID, tap the Health app on your iPhone and then Medical ID at the bottom of the screen. Tap Create Medical ID, add the relevant information and turn on Show When Locked to make your Medical ID available from the Lock screen.

4. Use the Health app

The iPhone’s Health app keeps all your health information in one place – useful for monitoring your health and allowing medical staff to view medical conditions.

Data from fitness, nutrition and health-tracking apps such as heart rate monitors is automatically added, as are details of your physical activity compiled by the iPhone’s own step-tracking sensors.

You can add data manually, by going to Health > Health Data > Vitals > Add Data Point.

5. Turn on location services

Location services use your iPhone’s built-in GPS to track your location – useful in an emergency should you need to know where someone is.

Free personal safety apps, such as bSafe, use location services to monitor your movements when out, alerting nominated friends should you need help.

Alternatively, if you go missing, Apple’s Find My iPhone feature allows others to pinpoint the location of your iPhone and start looking for you.

6. Send an emergency text

If faced with an emergency in a remote area with poor mobile reception, send a text message instead of dialing 999.

Texting requires less signal strength and your iPhone will keep trying to send your message so there’s more chance of it getting through.

Sign up to the free EmergencySMS (www.emergencysms.org.uk) service, which relays your text message straight to 999 operators.

7. Use health advice apps

There are tons of emergency advice apps available for your iPhone.

The British Red Cross app offers essential first aid tips and the British Heart Foundation PocketCPR app guides you through life-saving CPR.

Diabetes Buddy can help you manage your diabetes, while the NHS’s symptom checker app helps you decide if it’s time to see a doctor.

Tips to Download And Read eBooks On An iPad

Your iPad can be used to download and read many thousands of books, from the latest bestsellers to all-time classics.

Using your device as an e-reader, as they are known, means you can access more or less any book instantly – once you have paid for and downloaded it – and you won’t have paperbacks or hardbacks taking up space in your home.

With your iPad, it’s also easy to take notes or mark important passages. And you can often download the first couple of chapters of a book at no cost to see if you like it before committing to buy.

Using your iPad’s iBooks app

The simplest way to read a book on your iPad is by using iBooks: this program should be pre-installed on your device so you don’t need to download it.

Tap on the ‘iBooks’ icon and you’ll be taken to the iBooks store – you use the same app to buy books as to read them.

Here you can browse through categories – tap on this option at the top left of your screen – from cookbooks to thrillers, search for your favourite author or look solely for free books. Make sure you have selected the ‘Books’ tab at the top rather than ‘Audiobooks’.

Downloading and buying eBooks

Once you’ve found a book, tap on it to see the price. Here you should be able to look at a few sample pages: tap on ‘Sample’ and once it has downloaded tap ‘Read’.

You will now be taken to your iBooks library: tap on the book’s title to open it.

When you want to buy, choose your book in the store, tap on the price and then tap ‘Buy Book’. At this stage you will be asked for your Apple ID password.

(As an alternative to iBooks you can use Amazon’s Kindle app: this might be a better option if you already own books on Kindle and want to read them on your iPad.)

Reading and customising

Your books are stored under the ‘My Books’ tab, found at the bottom left of the screen in iBooks.

To read a book, just tap on its title: the first page appears on the screen, and you swipe left to move on to the next.

In the top right-hand corner there are three icons. The first, showing a small and a large capital A, let you change the brightness, font and font size, and background colour. You can also turn on ‘Scrolling View’, which means you scroll the text upwards to read rather than “turning” pages.

Next to the ‘A’s is a search icon which lets you look for words or phrases in the text. The final icon is a bookmark, which creates a reminder of a specific page or point in the book.

At the top left of the page next to ‘Library’ are three horizontal lines. Tap here to look at the book’s contents, as well as any bookmarks or notes you’ve created. Tap ‘Resume’ to return to the book.

To create a note or highlight a passage, hold your finger on a word and then choose the option you want.