• Is your backup encrypted?

    Just a reminder that if you are an iphone user, you can turn on Advanced Data Protection.  This enables end to end encryption on your iCloud backups so that you and only people you choose (and not attackers that gain access to your password) get access to your photos and data.

    Now that said… be aware of some limitations. If you have an older Mac computer you won’t be able to enable this.

    Also once you enable it, you’ll need to approve access when you log into icloud on the web.

    And THEN, make sure you document that encryption password and have various recovery methods to ensure should you need to get back in, you can. Therein lies the rub.  Only turn on encryption if you’ve ensured that you have documented how to recover.

    To turn on Advanced Data Protection for iCloud, you need:

    An Apple ID with two-factor authentication.
    A passcode or password set for your device.
    At least one account recovery contact or recovery key. If you don’t already have one, you’ll be guided to set one up when you turn on Advanced Data Protection.
    Updated software on all of the devices where you’re signed in with your Apple ID:
    iPhone with iOS 16.2 or later
    iPad with iPadOS 16.2 or later
    Mac with macOS 13.1 or later
    Apple Watch with watchOS 9.2 or later
    Apple TV with tvOS 16.2 or later
    HomePod with software version 16.0 or later
    Windows computer with iCloud for Windows 14.1 or later