Apple portal sign-in screen

Everyone using iCloud has a new portal to access it, according to 9to5Mac. Apple released to everyone using the content-syncing service, after a trial period.

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iCloud allows you link all of your Apple devices and share content across them quickly. It also supports the Find my iPhone, Mac, and iPad apps that display the location of your device on a map, should it be stolen or lost. Apple is integrating the service into all of its products, with the most recent change coming to the iOS 6’s Safari browser. There, iCloud will remember what you’re browsing on your Mac and any tabs you have open and automatically sync those tabs to your iPhone or iPad.

Users can access the iCloud portal by entering their Apple ID and password. Once inside, you encounter a number of apps we currently have on the iPhone and iPad including reminders and notes. Traditional apps such as the calendar, contacts, and mail apps are available as well. You can also access your iWork projects from the portal.

A web presence is just another way to get access to your iCloud, on top of your individual devices. But with a web presence, of course, comes easier access to your iCloud. You should ensure that your Apple ID password is a strong one, completely unique to that account and not saved anywhere, such as in an email or in the Notebook app. If you need justification for taking the extra time, just look at Wired reporter Mat Honan’s experience when a hacker destroyed his digital life after getting access to his iCloud account.