If you use your Apple ID for so many Apple products and services, you should make sure that your Apple ID is as secure as possible. You should be the only person who knows your password and can sign in with your Apple ID. If someone you don’t know or don’t trust can sign in with your Apple ID, your account is not secure.
Here are some reasons why the Apple ID that you’re using might not be secure:
- Someone else created an Apple ID on your behalf, or you’re using an Apple ID that was already signed in when you received your device.
- You’re sharing an Apple ID with family or friends. Your Apple ID is your personal account. If you want to share purchases with a family member, use Family Sharing. With Family Sharing, you can share a calendar, photos, reminders, and more without sharing your Apple ID.
- You don’t recognize the Apple ID that is signed in on your device.
- You shared your password with someone else intentionally or unintentionally. For example, someone else selected your password for you, you told someone your password, or you might have entered your password on a “phishing” site.
- You don’t have control of the email address or phone number associated with your Apple ID.
- Your password is weak or has been compromised.
If you received an email that you’re not sure is valid or you think might be a fraudulent “phishing” email, here are some tips that can help you determine its legitimacy.
How can I gain control of my Apple ID?
- Sign in to your Apple ID account page. If you can’t sign in or you receive a message that the account is locked when you try to sign in, try to reset or unlock your account. If you still can’t sign in, contact Apple Support.
- Change your Apple ID password and choose a strong password.
- Review all the personal and security information in your account.
- Check with your email addres provider to make sure that you control every email address associated with your Apple ID.
- Set up two-factor authentication for your Apple ID.