Tips to set a good password for your Apple ID and avoid hacks
For security and privacy reasons, as well as to avoid blocking; it is very important to take into account certain recommendations when creating a password for your Apple ID account. It is crucial to point out some of the best tips to practice in order to have a good Apple ID password and thus not be a victim of any cybercriminal:
Make sure you enter the recommended number of characters
According to Apple policies, to use a strong password in this service, it is important that it contains eight characters (at least) and you also have to add both uppercase and lowercase letters, as well as numbers. Even if you choose to include punctuation marks and/or additional characters, it will be much better for the security of said password. This will make it much more difficult for any malicious person to crack.
Do not associate personal information with the password
Although it is true, the easiest passwords to guess are those that contain some of your personal data, such as names, surnames, date of birth, address, etc. Therefore, it is best to create a key for your Apple ID that is not associated with such information.
In addition to that, we also advise you to avoid placing your children’s birthdays, your dog’s name or certain common words/numbers that cybercriminals often rely on to break such a password.
Use reliable programs or applications that manage passwords
Today, fortunately, there are different applications and software that have the ability to generate, save and manage your passwords in a truly optimal way. Taking into account that, thanks to the mechanisms they use, they manage to establish almost “uncrackable” keys.
Therefore, to make sure you avoid any hacking, one of the best recommendations is based on resorting to one of these tools. Which, in general, work on multiple devices, are easy to manage, exhibit total security, many of them are free and even have the ability to store confidential information beyond passwords.
You better not use real words
In addition to avoiding including any personal data, it is also highly recommended to choose to create a password that does not contain real words. This means that you can make use of a password with a word written backwards and adapting numbers that are similar to certain letters.
Like, invent words that are truly exclusive to you and with it, you will also make sure to remember it without complication. In such a way, nobody will be able to find out your password so easily.
Protect your password always
At the time of establishing any password and, of course, that of your Apple ID account; It is very important that you be careful with it. In other words, once you create it and choose to write it on paper so that you don’t forget it soon, the most appropriate thing to do will be to hide it in a safe place and even under lock and key. Whereas, your desktop is not the most recommended place for that.
Besides, it is also valuable that, in these cases, you make use of a trusted password manager. Since, these tools promise to increase their security, in any case.
Change Apple ID account password using a Mac
Given that, for many users, it is more practical to manage this type of procedure from your computer, it is worth narrowing down what is the procedure to carry out from a Mac to change the password of an Apple ID account when you have forgotten the current one.
Here, we present the steps to follow from MacOS Catalina:
- First of all, click on the Apple menu and go to the selection that says “System Preferences”.
- Next, click on “Password and security”. When prompted to enter your Apple ID key, click “Forgot your Apple ID or password?” for now, proceed to follow the instructions that are displayed on the screen.
- Once you do the above, click on “Change password” and you have to write the key that you use to unlock your Mac, before recovering the Apple ID password.
On the other hand, if your Apple computer has MacOS Mojave, Sierra or High Sierra, these are each of the necessary steps to carry out in these circumstances:
- You must also start the process by selecting the Apple menu and accessing “System Preferences”.
- Second, select iCloud and click on “Account Details”.
- When prompted to enter your Apple ID password, tap “Forgot your Apple ID or password?” and you also have to follow each of the instructions that they indicate. It is even possible to ignore the final steps.
- Next, click on “Security”, now proceed to click on “Reset password” and there, choose “Change password”.
Finally, enter the password you use to unlock your computer and proceed to reset your Apple ID password.