By Richard Mallion
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):
- Select “Manage your Apple ID” and sign in.
- Select “Password and Security.”
- Under Two-Step Verification, select Get Started and follow the on-screen instructions.