Mac, iPhone and other Apple ID users can now enable two-step verification on their Apple ID accounts. The security measure was introduced by Apple on Thursday, and the system is virtually identical to that used by online banks and Google, requiring a password and access to a trusted device or failsafe recovery key in order to gain access.
You can opt-in to the new service right now by heading over to the Apple ID management website, logging in, choosing Password & Security and answering two security questions. The option to enable two-step verification is then presented, and warns users that Apple will no longer manually reset Apple ID passwords under the new system.
In order to secure account access, at least one trusted device like an iPhone or iPad, as well as an SMS-enabled mobile number is required. For the moment the service is only available in the US, UK, Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland. The move sees Apple account security moving into line with Google, Facebook, PayPal and Dropbox, to name a few.
The system is fairly straight-forward, and each login attempt also requires a verification code. This removes the reliance on one password alone, and anyone who wants to hack into your account requires access to your trusted device as well as your password. Verification codes are delivered to iPhones and iPads as a system notification which is not visible until the device has been unlocked.
The news come hot on the heels of an iOS update and a brand new security threat reported by The Verge that enables anyone with a user’s Apple ID email address and date of birth to reset the password using a simple URL. Users who have already enabled two-step verification are said to be safe from this latest discovery — yet another reason to enable the security feature as soon as possible.
Have you enabled two-step verification yet? Glad to see the feature, at last?