When it comes to Mac security, Apple’s iCloud online service merits your attention. That’s not because Apple has done a bad job of securing iCloud, but because iCloud is heavily used and stores a vast amount of personal data, rendering it attractive to attackers. So in Chapter 9, “Manage iCloud Security,” this week’s installment from “Take Control of Security for Mac Users,” Joe Kissell helps you understand Apple’s security policies, see where iCloud is more and less secure, and shows you how to increase your overall security level.
In particular, Joe walks you through turning on two-step verification, which protects your account even if your password is compromised, and then looks at which iCloud services you might want to avoid — and why — if you’re particularly concerned about security. Those who turn on two-step verification will also learn how to generate the app-specific passwords that are necessary for third-party apps that rely on iCloud, such as BusyCal and BusyContacts, Outlook, Thunderbird, and so on.
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Chapter 1: “Introducing Mac Security”
Chapter 2: “Learn Security Basics”
Chapter 3: “Perform Quick Security Fixes”
Chapter 4: “Beef Up Your Security Settings”
Chapter 5: “Improve Your Passwords”
Chapter 6: “Improve Your Network Security”
Chapter 7: “Fortify Your Mac’s Defenses”
Chapter 8: “Surf the Web Safely”
Chapter 9: “Manage iCloud Security”
We have three more chapters to go, and once we’ve published those in TidBITS, the full ebook of “Take Control of Security for Mac Users” will be available for purchase by everyone in PDF, EPUB, and Mobipocket (Kindle) formats.