If you have an Apple device, you know that your Apple ID is priceless. With it, you can buy music from the iTunes Store, log in to iCloud, and access many other Apple products and services. If you forget the password portion of your Apple ID, you can simply provide your email address and answer a few security questions to reset it. However, if cybercriminals get ahold of your email address, they might try to crack your security questions so they can gain access to your account.
Social media sites, such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, can provide cybercriminals with the personal information needed to answer your security questions. For example, the following security questions can often be easily cracked after a little research:
- Where did you go to high school?
- What was the first company you worked for?
- What is the name of your favorite pet?
- What is your favorite food?
Cybercriminals might also search public records for information to answer questions such as "What city were you born in?" and "What is the name of the street you grew up on?"
To make it harder for cybercriminals to hijack your Apple account, you should consider changing your security questions and answers. Giving incorrect or nonsensical answers is best. If you do not feel comfortable doing that, be sure to select questions whose answers are not easily found on social media sites or through web searches.
Here is how to change the security questions and answers for your Apple ID:
- Go to the Apple ID login web page and sign in.
- In the Security section, make sure that you have a rescue email address set up. If not, add one.
- Select the "Change Questions" option.
- In the window that appears, click the "Reset your security questions" link.
- Check the Inbox of your rescue email account for an email from Apple about resetting your security questions.
- Click the "Reset Now" link in that email. The Apple ID login web page will open in your default web browser.
- Sign in when prompted.
- A window will appear telling you that you must choose new security questions to answer. Choose three questions and provide hard-to-ascertain answers.
- Click the "Update" button.
Your Apple ID is now more secure.