In keeping with Apple’s commitment to make iCloud more secure, Apple have just added a new level of security to iCloud. You are now sent an email when someone logs into www.icloud.com with your account credentials. The email gives you the option to ignore it, if it was you who logged in, or the option to reset your password. The only slight glitch seems to be with the date and time stamp for when this event happened, which currently is set to PDT. This is a nice addition. Example email:
You may have seen in the press over the last couple of days that a large collection of explicit celebrity photos were released. It’s looking like the vast majority came from hacked iCloud accounts, specifically via Find My iPhone service. From reports, the hackers used a brute force password tool. The tool would target an iCloud account ID and would run through a list of 500 of the most commonly used passwords that complied with Apples’ password policies. At the time, Apple did not throttle or lock out the attempts after a certain number of guesses within a given time. … read more →
You would be surprised to learn how many apps on the App store access the core data they require over some sort of cloud service. The back-end hosting this data can vary quite a bit, from iCloud, a hosted CRM system or corporate database. As long as these services have allowed for access via an open standard, it’s possible to connect our iOS Apps to them. What’s involved: Overview: First off, you will need to get to grips with all the different types of services and scenarios that are available to you to host your data. Understanding iCloud: Apple’s iCloud… read more →
Even though iTunes and iCloud backup are perfectly suitable backup solutions for most people, I have often found it necessary to perform a restore of the iOS firmware while not wanting to restore from backup. The reason behind that is because I have often found that restoring a backup causes random spikes in battery usage and app errors. However, there have been cases where I require my text messages or other data from my iOS device and I have been looking for a solution to backup only specific parts of it. The easiest and fastest application that I could find… read more →
For those of us that have upgraded to 10.8 Mountain Lion and use Apple apps like Pages and Keynote you may have noticed that the default save location is always iCloud. I tend to want to save to my local disk rather than iCloud so it would be nice to have these apps default to the local drive, you can change this with the following defaults command. defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSDocumentSaveNewDocumentsToCloud -bool false If you need to revert the setting the simply change the -bool option from false to true.
Inside your ~/Library/Mobile Documents you have a local copy of all your iCloud documents, this can be exploited to convert your iCloud into an online storage and sharing resource! This folder behaves exactly the same as a Dropbox folder, anything stored in it will sync to all other macs that are logged onto the same iCloud account, there are no restrictions on what you can put into this folder. To make this folder more usable you can either use third party tools or create a link to an area of your drive which you prefer. If you want to keep… read more →
By Richard Mallion iCloud and its associate services are becoming more and more important for iOS and OS X users. Apple has just updated their iCloud status page which now covers 32 services. Each one with an individual status. There is also a timeline which allows you to scroll back through the last few days to see if any issues where reported. So if you are experiencing issues with any iCloud services, just pop over to the status page to make sure its not an issue with Apple. The status page can be found here.
If you are someone who migrated from MobileMe to iCloud and have an existing me.com or mac.com email address then Apple have just announced that you will also receive the equivalent icloud.com email address. The icloud.com emil address should be functional but the old style mac.com and me.com will still work. If you so wish, you can reconfigure your email clients to use the new email address or stick with what you have been using. Regardless of which one you choose as your default, you will receive email addressed to all types of addresses. Its also worth noting not everyone… read more →
So Mountain Lion has been out for a few months now and one of the big features of it is “Documents in the Cloud” – the ability to have documents automatically sync between your Mac computers and iOS devices automatically using your iCloud account. While a useful feature, you may have noticed that the documents you create only show in the application that originally created it. For example, if I created a document in TextEdit, I would then be unable to open it in Pages as it would not appear. Luckily iCloud syncs a copy of each document locally to… read more →
As Richard pointed out in his post earlier this year, the MobileMe service is due to close down on the 30th June 2012 from which point, MobileMe will be no longer accessible. The service is being replaced by Apple’s iCloud which is a free service up to 5GB after which charges apply. In order to setup the iCloud service you need to have OS X 10.7 on any machine and/or iOS 5 if you wish to set this up on any mobile devices. Apple have provided some very useful tips and explanations which may answer any questions that you may… read more →