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Mac, iPhone and other Apple ID users can now enable two-step verification Which Services Offer Two-Factor Authentication? Which Services Offer Two-Factor Authentication? Not long ago, Tina told you all about two-factor authentication, how it works, and why you should use it. In a nutshell, two-factor authentication (2FA), or two-step verification as it’s sometimes called, is an additional... Read More 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.

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The news come hot on the heels of an iOS update Apple Fixes Lock Screen Bug With iOS 6.1.3, Only To Encounter Yet Another One [Updates] Apple Fixes Lock Screen Bug With iOS 6.1.3, Only To Encounter Yet Another One [Updates] iOS 6.1.2 had a couple of nasty bugs that allowed unauthorized access through a device's lock screen, which meant private information was available to people looking at a phone without the owner's permission. Thankfully, those... Read More 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?

Source: CNET

  1. Manide
    March 24, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    Any new feature which increases the security is welcome. Glad to see Apple done this.

  2. Anthony
    March 24, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    I was surprised that there was a 3 day delay before I could actually enable this - not a big problem and its touted as a security feature - but worth being aware of as none of the online guides seem to mention it!

  3. macwitty
    March 24, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Yes, I', glad to see the feature, at last. No, I have not enabled two-step verification yet as I live in "wrong" country

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