09/17/2014 02:00 pm ET Updated Sep 17, 2014

Apple Just Randomly Beefs Up iCloud Security After Massive Celeb Photo Hack

Once Kirsten Dunst is on your case, it's time to make some changes.

Apple announced Tuesday that it has improved the security of its iCloud storage platform, just weeks after a massive leak of nude celebrity photos, including Dunst's, that some -- also including Dunst -- blamed on iCloud security:

iCloud automatically backs up photos, notes, and other important information you would want to get back if you lost your phone. To protect people from unauthorized logins, Apple now supports two-step verification on the storage system. If you enable it, Apple will send a four-digit code to your phone or other Apple device when you try to log in to iCloud, and you'll have to enter it to access your data.

Here's the Apple announcement in full:

Two-step verification now protects iCloud

Starting today, in addition to protecting your Apple ID account information, two-step verification also protects all of the data you store and keep up to date with iCloud. For more information, read the Two-Step Verification FAQ.

Sign in securely with app-specific passwords

If you use iCloud with any third party apps such as Microsoft Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird, or BusyCal, you can now generate app-specific passwords that allow you to sign in securely even if the app you are using does not support two-step verification.

  • To generate an app-specific password:
  • Sign in to My Apple ID (
  • Go to Password & Security
  • Click Generate App-Specific Password

App-Specific passwords will be required starting on October 1, 2014.

For complete instructions and answers to common questions, read Using App‑Specific Passwords. If you need additional help, visit Apple Support.

Apple has continued to deny that it was responsible for the nude celebrity leaks, but the incident did draw attention to flaws in iCloud's security. Before, simply guessing the answer to basic security questions such as date of birth or former high school allowed access into accounts, which was, uh, not great.