Apple adds Two-Step Verification to Apple ID

By Richard Mallion

Enter your Apple Id, receive a verification code, enter your code to verify your identity and finish singing in

Apple has just started offering two-step verification to make Apple IDs much more secure than before.

When enabled you would still login with your Apple-ID and password as normal. Then, any time you sign in to manage your Apple ID or make an iTunes, App Store, or iBookstore purchase from a new device, you will need to enter both your password and a 4 digit verification code that would be sent to a device trusted by you.

The verification codes are either sent through your SMS service or through Apple’s Find My iPhone service. As a safe guard you are also given a 14-digit recovery key in the event you have no access to either SMS or Find My iPhone.

The service is optional but its certainly a welcome addition to help secure your account.

To set up two-step verification goto  My Apple ID (appleid.apple.com):

  1. Select “Manage your Apple ID” and sign in.
  2. Select “Password and Security.”
  3. Under Two-Step Verification, select Get Started and follow the on-screen instructions.
Once setup you no longer have to create or remember those pesky security questions as your identity is now handled by the two-step verification.
Apple have a nice tech article explaining the service here.

 

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