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With iOS 16.3, your iCloud is only really safe, provided you activate this option

iOS 16.3 is almost out and with it finally comes end-to-end encryption to iCloud. We already explain how you can better secure your data in iCloud.

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Better protect your data in iCloud

iCloud already used end-to-end encryption with a number of services on your iPhone, iPad and Mac. Examples of these services are health data and storing passwords in iCloud, so that the data is better protected in your digital storage. Now this protection is extended to more data.

End-to-end encryption ensures that your data is encrypted, which is called ‘encryption’. Third parties such as Apple can therefore not see the content of your data, making it more secure. Even if Apple is forced (eg by the government) to provide data, it cannot. With this encryption, Apple itself no longer has access to your data at all. This makes it extra important that you keep your backup codes.

More services better secured on iCloud

In iOS 16.3 it is possible to secure more services with end-to-end encryption. This also applies to iPadOS 16.3 and macOS 13.2. Security is extended to the following iCloud services:

  • Device backups
  • Messages
  • iCloudDrive
  • Notes
  • photos
  • Memories
  • Safari Bookmarks
  • Siri Commands
  • Voice recordings
  • Cards in your Wallet app

Quite a list, but not a superfluous luxury if it’s up to us. After all, iCloud is full of personal data, so it is very important that it is properly secured. With end-to-end encryption, this is finally the case.

This is how you enable security in iCloud

The extensive end-to-end encryption can be enabled on your iPhone from iOS 16.3. You do this in the following way:

  1. Open ‘Settings’;
  2. At the top of ‘Settings’, tap your name;
  3. Choose ‘iCloud’;
  4. Go to ‘Advanced data protection’;
  5. Tap “Turn on advanced data protection.”
iCloud security

To enable advanced data protection, Apple first asks you to enter at least one recovery contact. That way, you’re even more likely to get to your data, even if you don’t remember your iCloud password. It is also advisable to write down the recovery code and keep it safe. With such a code you can still access the account, even if you have forgotten your password.

Better iCloud security available from iOS 16.3

Previously, this method of security in iCloud was already available in the United States and now the end-to-end encryption is also coming to the Netherlands. The iOS 16.3 update will probably not be long in coming, because the release candidate has already appeared. Curious about what else is new in iOS 16.3? Check here what we can expect in the new iOS 16 update.

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