Apple IDs are typically the same as the email address that’s linked to the account. This can be a personal email, business email or school email, but all are considered to be “personal” Apple IDs.
One of the main purposes of an Apple ID is to access stored information on a device or in the cloud. When a user is signed into a device with their ID, they can store and access all of their personal data using iCloud. This data includes files, photos, contacts, messages, and calendars. All of this information can be synced when signing into a new device for the first time.
Backing up personal data to iCloud can be carried out in multiple ways. Users can manually backup their data by accessing a device’s settings. Regular backups can also be set up to be executed regularly.
Apple IDs are also used for interacting with apps. Some apps, such as iTunes, the App Store and Apple Music require the use of an Apple ID to access their services. Previous purchases from these services can be downloaded onto other devices using an ID.
Apple’s proprietary iMessage and FaceTime communication apps also use Apple IDs to identify user accounts. Users who lose their Apple iPhones can sign in to the Find My iPhone app on a separate device using their ID to view their current location.
So much sensitive personal information is stored through Apple IDs that taking proper security measures is vital to avoid breaches and identity theft. The following are steps users can take to protect their personal data: