Apple Implements Two-Step Verification

  • For Apple ID and iCloud accounts
  • Requires a trusted device
  • 3-day waiting time

Apple has finally started rolling out a two-step authentication for Apple ID and iCloud users.

  • For Apple ID and iCloud accounts
  • Requires a trusted device
  • 3-day waiting time

Apple has finally started rolling out a two-step authentication for Apple ID and iCloud users.

A two-step authentication process provides an additional layer of security for consumers by requiring users to enter an automatically generated code from a secondary device in addition to a password when logging on from a new device.

Apple’s two-step verification requires a user to validate his identity by using a mobile device (an iPhone or any other mobile phone) before making any iTunes or App Store purchases, make changes to an account or get a password reset from a new device.

After entering the password for the first time, a verification code is sent to the trusted device either via a SMS or Find My iPhone notifications. Users can then enter the received code to validate their identity and gain access to their accounts. Users will need to verify each of their personal devices in order for the verification codes to be delivered to them.

Apple will also give users a recovery key which is needed in case a user would want to reset his password. But please do note that in case a user has recently made changes to his/her account, a waiting period of three days is required before the verification process is started.

At present, the two-step verification is available to users in the United States, UK, Ireland, New Zealand and Australia.

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