How to change your Apple ID password

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Time to beef up your security.When was the last time you changed your Apple ID password?

Perhaps you’re extremely on top of things and your Apple ID password is only a month old. But if you’re using the same password you created when you got your first Apple device over a decade ago then you’re going to want to read this article, follow the steps, and change your Apple ID password ASAP.

Changing your Apple ID password is a relatively straightforward process that you can do either directly on your device or remotely on the web. It’s essential to change your Apple ID password if you suspect someone else knows it, if Apple ever announces a security breach, or if you suspect your Apple ID account has been compromised. It’s also strongly recommended to do so regularly, as a way to be security conscious and to prevent your account from being used by anyone else. (We’d advise changing your passwords quarterly at the very minimum. As a reminder, be sure to get creative when choosing new passwords and consider using password managers for extra security.)

Now that you know the importance of regularly changing your Apple ID password, here’s how to do it.

What is my Apple ID password?

First things first: Your Apple ID password and your Apple username are for your Apple ID account, the account you use across all Apple devices to access Apple services, such as the App Store, Apple Music, iCloud, iMessage, FaceTime, and more. You would have created your Apple ID password when you first set up your Apple ID account, though you may have changed your Apple ID password since then.

What does my Apple ID password need to contain?

Before you change your Apple ID password, it’s worth reviewing Apple’s relatively strict rules for what an Apple ID password must contain. This is as follows:

  • Your Apple ID password must contain at least eight characters, a number, an uppercase letter, and a lowercase letter.

  • You can’t use spaces, the same character three times in a row, your Apple ID, or a password you’ve used in the last year.

If you’re struggling to come up with a secure password, you can always use a trusty password generator site to help you.

How to change your Apple ID password on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

If you’re wondering how to change your Apple ID on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, simply head to your Settings app. Once in Settings, tap on your name, which appears at the top of the screen, then tap on “Password & Security.”

Changing your Apple ID password is easy.

Changing your Apple ID password is easy.
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Tap “Change Password.”

You're almost there.

You’re almost there.
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Enter your current Apple ID password or device passcode, then enter a new password and confirm the new password. Then tap “Change” or “Change Password.”

Current, new, verify, done!

Current, new, verify, done!
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If you can’t remember your Apple ID password, have no fear. You can click the “Forgot Password?” prompt and complete the requirements needed to create a new Apple ID password.

Once you successfully change your Apple ID password you can start signing in with that new Apple ID password to access Apple features and services.

How to change your Apple ID password on the web

Once you’ve fired up your browser of choice, sign in to your Apple ID account page so you’ll be able to manage your Apple account and change your password. (Apple also offers a “Forgot Apple ID or password?” option for those who may have forgotten one or both of their login credentials. Apple really knows us, and for that we are grateful.)

An alternate approach.

An alternate approach.
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If you do remember your Apple ID and password, congratulations. You’re halfway there. Sign into your Apple ID account page, make your way to the Security section, then click on “Change Password.”

Don't forget to enable two-factor authentication while you're here.

Don’t forget to enable two-factor authentication while you’re here.
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Here you can enter your current password, enter a new password, and confirm that new password. Then click “Change Password.” When you change your password via web, Apple also gives you the ability to check a box that will sign your Apple ID out of any devices or websites that are using it. This is a smart step to take, especially if you believe that someone else knows or was actively using your old Apple ID password.

You're almost done!

You’re almost done!
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Once you complete the above steps you’ll be able to sign in with your new Apple ID password to access Apple features and services.

Great job! That wasn’t so hard, was it? Here’s hoping this guide will inspire you to change your Apple ID password on the regular and teach and encourage others to do the same.

If you’re feeling up to it, take the time to change some of your other old or repetitive passwords as well. There guides for how to change your Netflix password, how to change your Gmail password, and how to change your Instagram password can help you get started.

This story was originally published in March 2021 and updated in August 2021.

T-Mobile 5G is leaving Verizon and AT&T in the dust, study finds

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These are confounding times to be a T-Mobile customer. On one hand, your data might be severely compromised. On the other, you’re enjoying better 5G coverage than everyone else.

In their latest Fastest Mobile Networks study, our friends at PCMag found that the self-proclaimed “un-carrier” is delivering more consistently available and generally fast 5G networks across the U.S. than Verizon and AT&T. The annual study, performed by drivers who test network speeds in dozens of cities and rural areas around the country, declared T-Mobile the victor for the first time since the study’s inception more than a decade ago.

By the numbers, T-Mobile netted network speed wins in 24 cities and rural areas, compared to just eight from AT&T and two from Verizon. This is largely because of T-Mobile’s absorption of Sprint in a merger last year, which the carrier maintained throughout the merger process would result in a better 5G network because it would really be two networks in one. That’s one bit of corporate bluster that turned out to actually be true: T-Mobile’s 5G network churned out download speeds between 150 and 500 Mbps in many areas, which is faster than 4G LTE and apparently even faster than Verizon and AT&T 5G in most cases.

That said, Verizon technically has the highest speed capability, topping out above 2Gbps in certain places. PCMag’s testing found that speeds like that were not nearly widespread enough, however. One area where AT&T can claim some 5G superiority is in rural regions. According to PCMag’s testing, four of the six rural areas it tested had better 5G results from AT&T than from T-Mobile.

If nothing else, it appears that T-Mobile’s plan to simply buy one of its three major competitors worked out when it comes to delivering the best 5G experience to its customers. Maybe it should buy a company that’s good at data security next.

Watch hackers embarrass the guards at an infamous Iranian prison

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It’s one for the history books.

A group of hackers obtained uncensored footage from inside the notorious Iranian Evin Prison, located in Tehran, reports the Associated Press and Radio Free Europe. The videos, some of which appear to be taken directly from the prison surveillance system, show squalid conditions, guards beating prisoners, and the moment when hackers seized control of the facility’s computers as baffled officials could only stand and watch.

The group responsible for the hack, which goes by the name The Justice of Ali, shared the videos with the AP and Radio Free Europe. They told the former that they’d obtained hundreds of gigabytes of data.

Iranian officials confirmed on Twitter that the stolen footage is real.

In one unforgettable moment among many, the stolen video shows prison computer screens going offline, one by one, only to then be replaced by a message from the hackers.

“Cyber attack,” cybersecurity journalist Kim Zetter reports the message as reading in Farsi. “Evin is a stain on the black turban and white beard of Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi – the nationwide protest [will continue] until the release of political prisoners.”

One prison official appears to take video of the hacked system, as another looks on — for all appearances at a complete loss.

While it’s not clear exactly how, specifically, the footage was obtained, Zetter explains that “Iranian systems often use bootleg or out-of-date software, due to sanctions that make it difficult to keep systems up to date.”

SEE ALSO: WTF: A hacker tried to remotely poison a Florida city’s water supply

Notably, the hackers claim this is just the beginning of their efforts. “We will continue to expose the oppression,” Radio Free Europe reports them as saying.

And, if the small amount of published video is any indication, there’s a lot of oppression to expose. The Evin prison has been described by former inmates as “the most brutal prison in the world.” Even before this footage was released, Evin was long known as a site where political dissidents were allegedly tortured.

“We want the world to hear our voice for freedom of all political prisoners,” the hackers told the AP.

After such a bold (and, for Iranian officials, embarrassing) hack, that voice will be impossible to ignore.

How to pick the right wearable for running

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Not that long ago, if you were a runner in the market for a wearable, your options were limited to a handful of brands, each with a few models, max. With any of them, you could expect questionable accuracy, bare bones features, limited battery life, and very little comfort. (My first GPS-equipped watch was about the size of a hockey puck, but rectangular.)

Fortunately, the wearable industry has made leaps and bounds in the last decade or so. While that’s mostly good news — think improved accuracy, more features, better fit, and enhanced durability — it also means you have a lot more to think about when shopping. As with a pair of trainers, a good choice for one athlete may not work well for another.

Here are seven questions to ask yourself in advance of your next running wearable purchase:

1. What’s the purpose?

The first things to consider in your wearable hunt? What you plan to use it for, and what exactly you want out of it. Do you exclusively run, or are you a multi-sport athlete who runs but also cycles, swims, hikes, and more? Some want more of a smartwatch feel, while others would prefer an exclusive fitness wearable. Are you a beginner who’s trying to build consistency or an elite seeking marginal performance gains? Do you train mostly on sidewalks and roads, or are you an off-road junkie who prefers mountains and trails? The more you can narrow down the purpose of your wearable, the smoother your buying experience will be, and the happier you’ll be with the one you choose.

2. Will it be an all-day or activity-specific accessory?

It’s a good idea to determine whether you’re looking for a watch to wear around the clock (hello, Fitbit), or exclusively an accessory for the active hours of your day (hi, Garmin). If your wearable is going to serve double duty, you may want one that’s sleek, not overly sporty, and complementary to your everyday clothes, like this Apple Watch that has interchangeable bands. On the other hand, if you’re only going to wear the watch while running, you may not care as much about how it looks or whether you can pull it off with a button-down shirt or a pair of heels.

3. What’s a price range you’re comfortable with?

Few things are more deflating than finding the purchase of your dreams only to realize it’s out of your budget. Spare yourself that late-in-the-game letdown by determining how much you can spend before you start shopping. Cheaper models start at around $150, like this one from Polar, while the most tricked-out ones (we’re talking night vision, advanced GPS tracking, ski maps, and more) go above four digits.

Know that there are high-quality watches throughout that range (and some of my favorites, like the Garmin Vivoactive 4, are toward the lower end), but as you go up in price, you’ll go up in features, too. If you’re not in a rush to buy, keep an eye on the model you want since there’s a good chance it will go on sale at some point — whether a newer edition releases or they have a sale.

4. What size are your wrists?

My single biggest turn-off in a running wearable is a poor fit. I have tiny wrists, even for a 5-foot-tall woman, and am easily bothered by anything bulky, heavy, restrictive, or unstable. Watches designed for men almost never fit me well, and even some of the fancier models for women are bigger than I’d like. Thankfully, there are several options that cater to female wrists out there — though not nearly as many as those meant for men. The Garmin Forerunner 45 and Fitbit Versa line snugly fit smaller wrists. (This discontinued Garmin Forerunner 10 is still my favorite watch I’ve ever worn, precisely because it offers such a snug, unobtrusive fit.) Just know that opting for a smaller watch probably means a smaller screen.

5. How much do you care about metrics?

There’s not much that a top-end wearable can’t do these days. Whether you want to measure blood oxygen saturation, track 80+ sport modes, or navigate uncharted territory using just your watch, you can. It will likely cost you a pretty penny though.

Some people go nuts for metrics, meticulously tracking, recording, and comparing them in their pursuit of athletic excellence. Others, though, care about a few key ones, but can do without the rest. I’m in the second camp. All I really want in a watch is current pace, average pace, distance run, and elevation gained and lost — about as basic as it gets these days. But because I track so few things, it’s important that the ones I do track are accurate. To feel good in that department, I rely on a mix of thorough reviews, discussions with friends, and plenty of trial runs with different models.

6. Does battery life matter to you?

Depending on the model, a watch’s battery life may last just a few runs, or it may stay charged through dozens of them. If you only go into GPS mode a few times a week, you’ll probably be fine with any choice. But if you use GPS mode a lot (as high mileage runners tend to do), constantly stream music, or are just bad about remembering to recharge, you’re a good candidate for a wearable with strong battery life, a battery-saving mode, or even built-in solar charging. On the downside, you can expect to pay more for a better battery, and you can also expect a heftier watch to accommodate it.

7. Is getting accurate heart-rate readings important?

Heart-rate training is a popular method among runners, who essentially let their heart rates dictate how hard they push in a given session. It’s a great concept, the point being to let effort be your guide — but worthless if the heart rate you’re looking at is inaccurate. Unfortunately, the wrist-based heart-rate monitors in most watches are not very reliable (especially if your watch is loose at all, you’re a heavy sweater, or the shade of your skin.

But there’s a simple solution that most brands offer: A chest strap that you buy separately, usually in the $50-$100 range that pairs with your watch and is much more trustworthy. If getting accurate heart-rate data is important to you and will impact your training, be sure that the watch you go for is chest strap compatible, and bundle it up with your wearable at the time of purchase.

A final word on wearables

To ensure a smooth shopping experience and a satisfying result, spend a little time on the front end considering why you want a wearable in the first place and what features matter to you most rather than jumping on trends. Are you a metric fiend or more of a minimalist? A rookie runner or a seasoned vet? A one-sport athlete or an enthusiastic dabbler? Looking for a dedicated sports watch or an all-day accessory? Answering questions like those will eliminate options from the large and growing pool while bringing your ideal running wearable into focus.

What is OnlyFans?

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OnlyFans is going through some major changes.Social media platforms that give creators a way to earn money are popping up all over the internet; there’s everything from TikTok’s creator fund to Twitter’s tip jar. But apps specifically designed to funnel money into creator’s pocketbooks are fewer and further between. The two most famous are Patreon and OnlyFans, and their offerings are distinctly different: podcasts vs porn.

But do you have to — or can you even — post sexually explicit work on OnlyFans? Are you required to message back and forth with strangers? Can you actually make money on the platform? What is OnlyFans, anyway?

We’re here to answer your questions.

What is OnlyFans?

OnlyFans was started in 2016 by British entrepreneur Tim Stokely, now CEO, according to the site. Its main goal is to help content creators and artists “monetize their content while developing authentic relationships with their fanbase.” This basically means the platform was created to let users post content behind a paywall, which fans have to subscribe to for access. Fans can also pay more to message back and forth with creators and “tip” to get content created on demand that’s specifically tailored to their interests and tastes.

Do creators have to post a specific kind of content?

For the majority of OnlyFans’ existence, anyone could make an account, and they can post whatever they think they can get people to pay for — sexually explicit or otherwise. But the platform was famous for being the place where creators post lewd content. Just take Beyoncé’s verse in Megan Thee Stallion’s “Savage” remix: “Hips TikTok when I dance/On that Demon Time, she might start an OnlyFans (OnlyFans).” The New York Times has dubbed the platform the “paywall of porn.” Bella Thorne started an OnlyFans and was accused of scamming sex workers.

That is, until late August 2021, when the platform announced it would ban sexually explicit content on the site starting on October 1, 2021. The move left many sex workers scrambling to find places to work. Creators will be allowed to post some explicit content if it is consistent with OnlyFans’ policy, which means photos and videos can’t contain sexual intercourse, masturbation, and some “extreme” or “offensive” depictions of genitals. OnlyFans said it was making the move because, while there are plenty of users and creators on the app, they cannot pull in enough investors. But their announcement also came after BBC News approached OnlyFans for a response to leaked documents that showed that the platform allowed “moderators to give multiple warnings to accounts that post illegal content on its online platform before deciding to close them.”

There are also fitness instructors, dancers, and artists who all use the platform to post paid content and connect with fans. The platform is obviously working to attract investors who can help make it more mainstream and make more money: Think YouTube combined with Cameo, a place for celebrities and athletes to connect with fans. Floyd Mayweather is already on the app, not to post nudes, but to share “never before seen content while getting to know top fans.” Cardi B is on it, too, to share bits about her personal life. This may attract new users and advertisers who might be otherwise averse to putting their brand on a site with such a reputation for adult content.

If you do want to support sex workers, there are, thankfully, alternative sites.

How much money can creators make on it?

It depends on the kind of content you’re producing, how much reach you have, and a whole host of other variables, but creators can make anywhere from a few hundred dollars a month to a few thousand. According to OnlyFans, more than 100 creators have earned over $1 million since monetizing their content on the platform. Since the platform started in 2016, it has paid out over $3 billion to creators.

How do you subscribe to creators?

You don’t have to be a creator to use the platform — in fact, it’s fueled by users who don’t post on the platform. In order to subscribe to creators, you simply have to create an OnlyFans account, go to the Home page, and find someone you’re interested in following. Check out their subscription tiers, and decide what kind of bundle or offer you’re interested in paying for. You can also tip a creator any amount you want, or pay for messages and individualized content with pay-per-view messages that range anywhere from a couple dollars to more than $100, depending on the creator.

And if you have a friend who’s started posting on OnlyFans and you want to support them, there are ways to do that, too, from subscribing to their pages to offering emotional support.

This post was originally published in June 2021, and was updated in August 2021 to reflect recent changes announced by OnlyFans.