If you had to make a list of some of the most important issues that people face in the fast-paced digital world that we’re now living in, cybersecurity would undoubtedly be right at the top.
It’s simply far too easy for our passwords – especially those that are commonly used – to be compromised in some type of data breach.
What’s worse is you might not even realize that something has happened at all.
Thankfully, iPhone has a security feature built right in that allows you to check to see if any of the passwords that are saved to your iCloud Keychain have been compromised in any known data breach.
At a bare minimum, this will allow you to quickly change the passwords on those compromised accounts so that you can prevent a much more severe problem later on.
Here’s how you can use the “Security Recommendations” feature on your own iPhone right away.
1. Open the “Settings” app on your iPhone.
2. Scroll through the list of options on the screen until you find the one labeled “Passwords.” Tap it one time.
3. Authenticate your identity using either Touch ID, Face ID, or by entering your password into the box on the screen. This will allow you to view all of the iCloud Keychain data that is stored on your phone.
4. Scroll through the list of options on the screen until you find the one labeled “Security Recommendations.”
That’s it! There will be a number listed next to the “Security Recommendations” box – that’s the total number of passwords and accounts that your iPhone thinks may have been compromised.
Tap on it to open a list of your accounts and the passwords.
The first accounts you see listed are what iPhone considers as “High Priority”. It provides you with details like if your account password is easy to guess, or if you have reused them on other sites.
You can view each one, and take the appropriate steps to protect them by changing your passwords moving forward.
Note that for the absolute best results, you should always use a strong password that is a combination of not only letters and numbers, but special characters as well.
So while something like “ExamplePassword1” may be better than just “ExamplePassword” because of the presence of a number…
An option like “ExamplePa$$word1!” will always be a far more secure option because it has special characters and is thus more difficult for someone to guess.
You should also enable two-factor authentication on any account that supports it. The steps to do this will obviously vary depending on the account that you’re talking about.
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