Who or what has been accessing your iCloud account?

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Security issues are becoming the norm these days and there seems to be one flaw exposed after another. Has your iCloud account and Apple ID been compromised? Here’s how to find out.

If someone was to access your iCloud account they could see personal files and information that should be kept private. They could delete information and lock you out of your account. Even if it is not malicious, you don’t want anyone else accessing your iCloud account or using your Apple ID. 

There is a way to see who has accessed your iCloud account recently and to see what device was used. You should occasionally check that no-one and no devices have accessed your account apart from you and your devices.

1 System Preferences

Go to the Apple menu in the top left corner of the screen and select System Preferences. Click the iCloud icon to open the preference pane.

System Preferences in OS X

2 Account Details

Ignore the list of applications on the right and click the Account Details button on the left.

iCloud Preferences in OS X

3 Your password

If you are prompted to enter your password, enter the one you use for your Apple ID. That’s your iTunes and Mac App Store password.

iCloud Preferences in OS X

4 View the devices

Select the Devices tab at the top and a list of devices is displayed on the left. Brief details are shown in the list. Use the scrollbar to reach the bottom and check that every device is yours.

iCloud preferences in OS X

Select a device, such as a MacBook, iPhone or iPad to see the details on the right, including the serial number. Make sure each device is yours and not someone else’s.

If you find a rogue device in the list, something that you do not recognise, click Remove From Account. This will stop it accessing your iCloud account. If you sell or give away devices, such as an old iPad, you might have forgotten to erase it or sign out of iCloud. Remove it here.

It takes only a minute to check your iCloud account, so do it often, such as once a week, just to be sure that it is OK.

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