New Update iOS 16.3 Expands Advanced Data Protection Option for iCloud Encryption Globally

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Apple today announced that Advanced Data Protection is expanding beyond the United States. Starting with iOS 16.3, the security feature will be available globally, giving users to option to enable end-to-end encryption for many additional iCloud data categories, including Photos, Notes, Voice Memos, Messages backups, device backups, and more. iOS 16.3 is currently in beta and expected to be released to the public next week.

By default, Apple stores encryption keys for some iCloud data types on its servers to ensure that users can recover their data if they lose access to their Apple ID account. If a user enables Advanced Data Protection, the encryption keys are deleted from Apple's servers and stored on a user's devices only, preventing Apple, law enforcement, or anyone else from accessing the data, even if iCloud servers were to be breached.

iCloud already provides end-to-end encryption for 14 data categories without Advanced Data Protection turned on, including Messages (excluding backups), passwords stored in iCloud Keychain, Health data, Apple Maps search history, Apple Card transactions, and more. Advanced Data Protection expands this protection to the vast majority of iCloud categories, with major exceptions including the Mail, Contacts, and Calendar apps.
 

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With iOS 16.3, iPadOS 16.3, and macOS Ventura 13.2, Apple users can add a security key to their Apple account.
  1. Open Settings and tap on your profile at the top.
  2. Go to Password & Security.
  3. Scroll down to find "Add Security Keys."
  4. On the next screen, tap on "Add Security Keys" and follow the onscreen instructions.
The system will ask for two security keys so that users can have one key as a backup. Adding a security key will replace the verification codes that Apple sends to user devices when signing in or resetting specific passwords.
 

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