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Take Control of Security for Mac Users, Chapter 9: Manage iCloud Security

This article is a pre-release chapter in the upcoming “Take Control of Security for Mac Users,” by Joe Kissell, scheduled for public release later in 2015. Apart from Chapter 1: Introducing Mac Security, and Chapter 2: Learn Security Basics, these chapters are available only to TidBITS members; see “Take Control of Security for Mac Users” Streaming in TidBITS for details.

Chapter 9: Manage iCloud Security

Because so many aspects of OS X depend on Apple’s free iCloud service for key functionality, I wanted to devote a brief chapter exclusively to iCloud security. Of course, iCloud works on mobile devices, Windows PCs, and even Apple TVs—not just on your Mac—but the more you know about iCloud security, the better you’ll be able to protect your Mac and its data from unwanted access.

Note: Portions of this chapter first appeared in my book Take Control of iCloud, which goes into considerably more detail about all iCloud features, including their privacy implications.

Understand Apple’s Security Policies

Apple’s privacy policy is written in refreshingly straightforward, non-legalese, non-technical English. That page, and the pages it links to with details on built-in privacy, managing your privacy, and government information requests, are well worth reading. They paint a picture of a company that is committed to doing everything it’s legally allowed to do to protect your privacy.

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