All of the celebrity accounts that were compromised were targeted on an individual basis, with hackers using usernames (email addresses), passwords, and security questions to break into several accounts of a person, which has become a common way of hacking.
How to Protect Your Apple ID from Getting Hacked
Thankfully, there are measures you can take in order to add a layer of security to your Apple accounts. Firstly, you need to have a really good password. For help on that, check out our guide to creating stronger passwords, which was actually written by a professional hacker who knows how password-cracking hackers work.
Secondly, you need to enable two-step verification for your Apple ID for a second layer of protection, which I'll show you how to do below.
Enabling Two-Step Verification for Your Apple ID
Your unique Apple ID is the email address and password that you use to sign in to Apple services, including the iOS App Store, iTunes Store, Mac App Store, and you guessed it—iCloud.
With two-step verification, you'll need to enter your email and password as usual, except that you'll also be sent a four-digit passcode (which you create) to your trusted device(s) in order to verify your identity.
Select Get Started under Two-Step Verification and follow the instructions.
You'll be asked to wait three days in order to enable Two-Step Verification, as a precaution.
Once you've enabled it, there will be no security questions for you to answer, which hackers can guess to get into your account. You will receive a 14-character "Recovery Key" for you to print out and keep safe, which you can then use to access your account if you lose your trusted device(s) or forget your password.
What if You Lose Your Recovery Key?
In case you lose your Recovery Key, you can replace it by the following the steps below.