Forced to reset  ID password?

Martyimac

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Out of the blue this afternoon, I received notification to reset my  ID password because of "security concerns".
Anybody know why? Anybody else?
 

ddmcnair

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Who was the source? Are you sure it was the legitimate Apple? With all the databreaches that are occurring that you hear and don't hear about, it would be a good idea to change it anyway. Here are some good security guidelines.
1. The longer, 16 character or more the better.
2. include numbers, upper and lower case letters, and at least one special character (#,$,!,etc....)
3. Update every 60 or 90 days.

With that kind of structure it would take a quantum computer to even come close to cracking your password!

Happy computing!
 

jtara

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What is a "bug emoji ID password"?

"Received a notification"? How?

- An email? Ignore it. It is a phishing email.
- A popup notice on your desktop? You have a virus!
- A popup notice in the browser? Ignore it - it is phishing.
 

chscag

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Out of the blue this afternoon, I received notification to reset my  ID password because of "security concerns".
Anybody know why? Anybody else?
I would reset it again and this time do it by going direct to Apple. Receiving a message to reset your Apple ID password is suspicious especially if you're sure there were no security breaches.
 

StellarVixen

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What is a "bug emoji ID password"?

"Received a notification"? How?

- An email? Ignore it. It is a phishing email.
- A popup notice on your desktop? You have a virus!
- A popup notice in the browser? Ignore it - it is phishing.
From what kind of device are you reading this forum? It surely isn't one made by Apple...

He says Apple ID. That thing before ID is Apple symbol.
 

chabig

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Out of the blue this afternoon, I received notification to reset my  ID password because of "security concerns".
Anybody know why? Anybody else?
You were likely phished. Don't fall for those shenanigans ever again. No reputable company is going to send you an email with a link asking you to click it to reset your password. If you even have a suspicious that it's legitimate, never click the link. Always go directly to the site yourself.
 

SoCalReviews

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You were likely phished. Don't fall for those shenanigans ever again. No reputable company is going to send you an email with a link asking you to click it to reset your password. If you even have a suspicious that it's legitimate, never click the link. Always go directly to the site yourself.
It depends on how and where password requests pop up but definitely any kind of "password reset" request or "forced reset" notice should be deemed as highly suspicious... especially if the notice was received by email... and if an Apple device user or Mac owner ever has a question about receiving any kind of suspicious or seemingly non-suspicious notice like this they can and should contact Apple support directly ASAP regarding the incident. Apple official support contact information can be found directly on the official Apple web site.
 
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Martyimac

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To answer all the questions. It started when I got a notification on my home MacPro computer saying it couldn't connect to the cloud. After that, again on my home computer I got a notice to reset my password. A code was sent to my iphone as I reset my password to allow that particular device to access the icloud.
So it wasn't a phishing attempt through an email, or a phone call.
 
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SoCalReviews

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To answer all the questions. It started when I got a notification on my home MacPro computer saying it couldn't connect to the cloud. After that, again on my home computer I got a notice to reset my password. A code was sent to my iphone as I reset my password to allow that particular device to access the icloud.
So it wasn't a phishing attempt through an email, or a phone call.
Good to know... That kind of system password request is common (not a password reset) but it is actually good that you posted about it in this forum. It's something everyone should always reminded about. There are a lot of malicious phishing attempts happening out there and as the saying goes... It's always better to be safe than sorry.
 

Big Bad D

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To answer all the questions. It started when I got a notification on my home MacPro computer saying it couldn't connect to the cloud. After that, again on my home computer I got a notice to reset my password. A code was sent to my iphone as I reset my password to allow that particular device to access the icloud.
So it wasn't a phishing attempt through an email, or a phone call.
Pleased to hear it seems to be resolved.

Many of the questions and feedback were because it was described as a "reset" request. Reset was understood to be a request to enter current password and then create new one. This is not normal and hence concerns about phishing risk.

As now clarified, it is quite common to have to validate existing password if new activity on different devices as a genuine safety precaution.