With the updates to iOS 16.3 and macOS 13.12. Apple introduces end-to-end encryption for content in iCloud. If you want to access the security function, you have to activate it in the settings of your iPhone, iPad or Mac.

The update extends end-to-end encryption to other areas in iCloud. If passwords were previously protected in the iCloud keychain, among other things, iCloud backups, notes, photos, reminders and voice memos are now also covered.

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iCloud: Activate “Extended data protection” and encrypt iCloud data end-to-end

By default, security is not enabled. So you have to set it up yourself. It works like this:

  1. controls the iPhone or iPad settings or the system settings of the Mac.
  2. Gets the area for the Apple ID on top.
  3. Switch to the Section for the iCloud.
  4. Here you select the option “Advanced data backup” the end.
  5. Enables the setting for the “Advanced data backup‘ with the controller.

iCloud: Set up account recovery options

In order for you to be able to set up the extended data protection, you must first account recovery furnish. This is the only way to get your data back if you forgot the iCloud password. Proceed as follows:

  1. controls the settings your iPhone, iPad or Mac.
  2. Brings up the Apple ID section.
  3. Opens the iCloud settings.
  4. Here it goes further with “Enhanced privacy“.
  5. Start setup with “Account Recovery“.
  6. Follow the on-screen instructionsto set up account recovery.
  7. Choose one trustworthy person as a recovery contact. In an emergency, this contact can be given a code that will give you back access to your Apple account if you forget the password. Alternatively, leave one recovery key create one that you print out or write down.

Once the function is set up, hackers cannot simply read out personal data if you have access to iCloud. Even security authorities cannot easily access the content. There have been discussions between Apple and the FBI in this regard for some time. The security functions can also be deactivated again at any time using the method mentioned above.

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