A Guide to Optimize Your iCloud account

Looking to make the most out of your iCloud account and not sure how to create a routine to optimize it? The article has you covered.

A Guide to Optimize Your iCloud account

#1 - Decide Which Files to Keep on iCloud: Your iCloud account has a finite amount of storage, so you need to figure out which files you want to store there.

Let's say that you have a lot of images you want to keep. Can you realistically keep all photos in iCloud? Unlikely, especially when you have to consider other types of data. You will need to make choices and look for compromises. Or, if necessary, pay to get more total available storage.

#2 - Optimize Apps: App optimization is another great way to improve the performance of your iCloud account. You can do this by disabling any apps or services that are not being used regularly or have become outdated over time.

This helps declutter your home screen and remove any apps that may be taking up a lot of storage space on your device. You can also check for apps with updates available; if there are any older versions on your device, updating them to the latest version will help optimize them and keep them running smoothly.

#3 - Backup Your Data: Backing up all your data regularly ensures that all important information stored on your device is easily retrievable if anything should happen to it in the future.

For example, if you were to lose all data on an iPhone due to a hardware issue or theft, having a backup would allow you to restore all your data to a new device quickly and easily. Setting up automatic backups through iTunes or iCloud makes sure that all data is saved on a regular basis without needing manual intervention each time you want it backed up.

#4 - Manage Storage Space: Keeping track of how much storage space is being used by all apparatuses connected to an iCloud account can help ensure optimal performance with minimal lag time when accessing various services associated with it.

The amount of storage space needed depends upon which applications or services are being utilized most often; once this is determined then one can decide whether more storage needs to be purchased or if certain applications need uninstalling in order for more space can be freed up.

#5 - Organize Files: Keeping files properly organized helps reduce clutter and makes it easier for users to find what they’re looking for quickly when accessing their account via different devices such as Macs, iPhones or iPads.

By organizing files into folders according to type (e.g., music files into one folder, movie files into another) users will be able save time when accessing their content since everything will already be categorized correctly beforehand instead of having them search through countless unsorted documents manually each time they access their account from different devices simultaneously throughout the day/night cycles

#6 - Monitor Data Usage: Regularly monitoring how much data is being used by each application connected with an iCloud account helps manage overall cost by reducing wastage associated with unnecessary usage patterns detected across multiple devices using the same connection (e.g., streaming movies from an iPad onto an Apple TV).

Monitoring data usage also helps identify potential issues such as malicious activity (virus downloads etc.) before becoming major problems down the line which could lead costly repair bills later on down the line when trying fix them retrospectively after larger issues arise due lack of detection during earlier stages

#7 - Enable Two Factor Authentication: Two factor authentication adds an extra layer of security which makes it harder for anyone else getting access into one’s private accounts than just simply entering username/password combinations alone (which too many people reusing same credentials across multiple sites/services anyway).

With two factor authentication enabled users will be required enter a unique code sent via SMS or email everytime they try logging into their accounts; this additional barrier prevents anyone else gaining easy access even if they were somehow able guess/obtain someone else’s username/password combination eventually leading towards better protection against hackers & other malicious third parties out there today trying target vulnerable individuals who don’t take basic security measures seriously

#8 - Turn On Notifications: Turning notifications on for various activities related accessing one’s personal information stored within one's iCloud account helps keep track what’s happening when someone else tries logging into his/her accounts without permission first hand especially useful when travelling abroad where foreign networks may intercept&collect user credentials without user realizing until its too late(e..g bank fraud cases).

Notifications also alert users whenever app updates become available helping keep software updated preventing possible intrusions resulting from outdated bugs still lingering around after release dates etc...

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Online Threat Alerts Security Tips

Pay the safest way

Credit cards are the safest way to pay for online purchases because you can dispute the charges if you never get the goods or services or if the offer was misrepresented. Federal law limits your liability to $50 if someone makes unauthorized charges to your account, and most credit card issuers will remove them completely if you report the problem promptly.

Guard your personal information

In any transaction you conduct, make sure to check with your state or local consumer protection agency and the Better Business Bureau (BBB) to see if the seller, charity, company, or organization is credible. Be especially wary if the entity is unfamiliar to you. Always call the number found on a website’s contact information to make sure the number legitimately belongs to the entity you are dealing with.

Be careful of the information you share

Never give out your codes, passwords or personal information, unless you are sure of who you're dealing with

Know who you’re dealing with

Crooks pretending to be from companies you do business with may call or send an email, claiming they need to verify your personal information. Don’t provide your credit card or bank account number unless you are actually paying for something and know who you are sending payment to. Your social security number should not be necessary unless you are applying for credit. Be especially suspicious if someone claiming to be from a company with whom you have an account asks for information that the business already has.

Check your accounts

Regularly check your account transactions and report any suspicious or unauthorised transactions.

Don’t believe promises of easy money

If someone claims that you can earn money with little or no work, get a loan or credit card even if you have bad credit, or make money on an investment with little or no risk, it’s probably a scam. Oftentimes, offers that seem too good to be true, actually are too good to be true.

Do not open email from people you don’t know

If you are unsure whether an email you received is legitimate, try contacting the sender directly via other means. Do not click on any links in an email unless you are sure it is safe.

Think before you click

If an email or text message looks suspicious, don’t open any attachments or click on the links.

Verify urgent requests or unsolicited emails, messages or phone calls before you respond

If you receive a message or a phone call asking for immediate action and don't know the sender, it could be a phishing message.

Be careful with links and new website addresses

Malicious website addresses may appear almost identical to legitimate sites. Scammers often use a slight variation in spelling or logo to lure you. Malicious links can also come from friends whose email has unknowingly been compromised, so be careful.

Secure your personal information

Before providing any personal information, such as your date of birth, Social Security number, account numbers, and passwords, be sure the website is secure.

Stay informed on the latest cyber threats

Keep yourself up to date on current scams by visiting this website daily.

Use Strong Passwords

Strong passwords are critical to online security.

Keep your software up to date and maintain preventative software programs

Keep all of your software applications up to date on your computers and mobile devices. Install software that provides antivirus, firewall, and email filter services.

Update the operating systems on your electronic devices

Make sure your operating systems (OSs) and applications are up to date on all of your electronic devices. Older and unpatched versions of OSs and software are the target of many hacks. Read the CISA security tip on Understanding Patches and Software Updates for more information.

What if You Got Scammed?

Stop Contact With The Scammer

Hang up the phone. Do not reply to emails, messages, or letters that the scammer sends. Do not make any more payments to the scammer. Beware of additional scammers who may contact you claiming they can help you get your lost money back.

Secure Your Finances

  • Report potentially compromised bank account, credit or debit card information to your financial institution(s) immediately. They may be able to cancel or reverse fraudulent transactions.
  • Notify the three major credit bureaus. They can add a fraud alert to warn potential credit grantors that you may be a victim of identity theft. You may also want to consider placing a free security freeze on your credit report. Doing so prevents lenders and others from accessing your credit report entirely, which will prevent them from extending credit:

Check Your Computer

If your computer was accessed or otherwise affected by a scam, check to make sure that your anti-virus is up-to-date and running and that your system is free of malware and keylogging software. You may also need to seek the help of a computer repair company. Consider utilizing the Better Business Bureau’s website to find a reputable company.

Change Your Account Passwords

Update your bank, credit card, social media, and email account passwords to try to limit further unauthorized access. Make sure to choose strong passwords when changing account passwords.

Report The Scam

Reporting helps protect others. While agencies can’t always track down perpetrators of crimes against scammers, they can utilize the information gathered to record patterns of abuse which may lead to action being taken against a company or industry.

Report your issue to the following agencies based on the nature of the scam:

  • Local Law Enforcement: Consumers are encouraged to report scams to their local police department or sheriff’s office, especially if you lost money or property or had your identity compromised.
  • Federal Trade Commission: Contact the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357) or use the Online Complaint Assistant to report various types of fraud, including counterfeit checks, lottery or sweepstakes scams, and more.
  • Identitytheft.gov: If someone is using your personal information, like your Social Security, credit card, or bank account number, to open new accounts, make purchases, or get a tax refund, report it at www.identitytheft.gov. This federal government site will also help you create your Identity Theft Report and a personal recovery plan based on your situation. Questions can be directed to 877-ID THEFT.

How To Recognize a Phishing Scam

Scammers use email or text messages to try to steal your passwords, account numbers, or Social Security numbers. If they get that information, they could get access to your email, bank, or other accounts. Or they could sell your information to other scammers. Scammers launch thousands of phishing attacks like these every day — and they’re often successful.

Scammers often update their tactics to keep up with the latest news or trends, but here are some common tactics used in phishing emails or text messages:

Phishing emails and text messages often tell a story to trick you into clicking on a link or opening an attachment. You might get an unexpected email or text message that looks like it’s from a company you know or trust, like a bank or a credit card or utility company. Or maybe it’s from an online payment website or app. The message could be from a scammer, who might

  • say they’ve noticed some suspicious activity or log-in attempts — they haven’t
  • claim there’s a problem with your account or your payment information — there isn’t
  • say you need to confirm some personal or financial information — you don’t
  • include an invoice you don’t recognize — it’s fake
  • want you to click on a link to make a payment — but the link has malware
  • say you’re eligible to register for a government refund — it’s a scam
  • offer a coupon for free stuff — it’s not real

About Online Threat Alerts (OTA)

Online Threat Alerts or OTA is an anti-cybercrime community that started in 2012. OTA alerts the public to cyber crimes and other web threats.

By alerting the public, we have prevented a lot of online users from getting scammed or becoming victims of cybercrimes.

With the ever-increasing number of people going online, it important to have a community like OTA that continuously alerts or protects those same people from cyber-criminals, scammers and hackers, who are every day finding new ways of carrying out their malicious activities.

Online users can help by reporting suspicious or malicious messages or websites to OTA. And, if they want to determine if a message or website is a threat or scam, they can use OTA's search engine to search for the website or parts of the message for information.

Help maintain Online Threat Alerts (OTA).

A Guide to Optimize Your iCloud account