Apple is a very smart company that has changed the dynamics of the smartphone industry with its innovative iPhone and iPad technology. It has used numerous new and innovative solutions in its gadgets that several loyal iOS users are increasing every other day. One of the most talked-about iOS features is security and privacy, fully operated with two-factor authentication of Apple ID. There are numerous security barriers established by the Apple-like – Your Apple ID was locked due to security reasons.
If you or someone else enters your password, security questions, or other account information incorrectly too many times, your Apple ID automatically locks to protect your security and you can’t sign in to any Apple services. And you may endounter one of follwing error
- You can’t sign in because the account was deactivated for security reasons.
- Your Apple ID has been disabled for security reasons.
- This Apple ID is locked for security reasons.
And you can unlock your Apple ID after you verify your identity only: Apple Support
It means that if someone tries to hack your iPhone by cracking your Apple ID or by adding the wrong password and email address or answering the wrong security questions, then Apple will block your account for security reasons. This is an excellent function of Apple as no one will be able to hack your Apple ID and access your iCloud, iTunes, messages and other important information stored on your iPhone.
So, if your iPhone or iPad has recently faced the wrath of hackers and your Apple ID has been blocked due to security reasons and now you cannot access your Apple account, you must be worried. That’s because all your data is backed up on your iCloud, but you don’t need to worry much as today we will discuss a method to fix this issue instantly.
How To Unlock An Apple ID That’s ‘Locked For Security Reasons
It doesn’t matter what the reason behind the blockage of your Apple ID is, you can easily fix your blocked Apple ID problem. You have to follow these points carefully and you will be able to easily retrieve you’ve blocked the Apple ID.
- Foremost, you have to visit apple.com.
- Here, you have to enter your email address which is associated with your Apple ID.
- You have to enter the code present on the screen to prove that you are not a robot.
- Click Continue.
Now, the next screen which will appear on your device is going to be according to the Apple ID security that you have selected with your account. If you are using the latest two-factor authentication security system, then you will receive a verification code on your trusted device in a text message form. You have to enter the verification code to log in to your Apple ID and create the new password.
However, if you are using the older two-step verification, you need a recovery key that was sent to you when you set up two-step verification and a code sent to a trusted device. If you don’t have the Apple recovery key or you have lost your recovery key which was issued by Apple when you were setting up the two-step verification, then you will be stuck. The Apple recovery key is a 14 characters key that you should always keep with you to avoid such issues.
Lastly, if you haven’t used any of the above mentioned Apple security systems, then you have to use the old approach where you need to enter your password or have to answer Security questions that you have set during the creation of your Apple ID. You can change your Apple ID password after this if you are not satisfied with your current password strength.
If you’re not successful, you can call Apple support at 800-APL-CARE (800-275-2273) or chat with an Apple specialist.
How to Check If Your Apple ID Is Hacked
If you want to know whether your Apple ID is hacked or not, you should try to log in to your Apple ID and if you get a message similar to – Your Apple ID was locked due to security reasons. Then, it means that your Apple ID has been hacked or someone attempted to hack it. You will also receive a password reset detailed email from Apple if hackers try to reset your Apple ID password.
Moreover, if you are using two-factor authentication, you will receive a message on your trusted device with the last login location. Sometimes, the login location isn’t correct, so you don’t need to panic in that case. However, if you haven’t logged into your Apple ID recently, then this is the first indication that your Apple ID has been hacked.
How to Protect Yourself From Hackers
If you don’t want to fall into the trap of the hackers and get your Apple ID hacked, then you should be a little attentive towards the emails that you are opening on your device. You should try to identify a phishing email and protect yourself from the attack of hackers. Generally, phishing emails are poorly crafted and have lots of grammatical mistakes. Phishing emails are the best friend of hackers who want to attack your Apple ID.
Another thing that you should consider to protect your Apple ID from hackers’ attacks is to create strong passwords. It would be best to create a strong password that won’t be easily get hacked by anyone.
Also, follow these tips to secure iOS devices from hackers (iOS security guide)
So, you see folks, if you are getting “Your Apple ID was locked due to security reasons” message after login to your Apple account, then no need to panic. It’s just that Apple has taken security measures so that no one can open your Apple ID without your permission. You don’t need to panic, you have to follow the above-given instructions and unblock your Apple ID and don’t forget to change your password to take future preventive measures.
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