Apple adds two-step verification option for Apple ID’s
Two-step verification will require you to verify your identity using one of your devices before you can make changes to your account or make an iTunes or App Store purchase from a new device. You will also get a Recovery Key for safekeeping which you can use to access your account if you ever forget your password or lose your device.
Once enabled, the new system replaces the standard security questions that are asked before users make purchases on a new device and password resets can only be done from the designated iPhone or iPad.
As the recovery key is used in place of security questions, keeping it secure is of the utmost importance. A lost or forgotten key can be recovered with a trusted device and a password, just as a password can be recovered with a trusted device and a recovery key.
The verification system will request a password that has one letter, one number, one capital letter, and at least eight characters. If such a password is not already in use, users will need to wait three days to fully enable two-step verification. Users with an already compliant password can move on immediately to the next step.
A security code will be sent through SMS or using the Find My iPhone app, and during setup, users can choose a single trusted device. To begin the process, users can visit the Apple ID website to implement two-step verification.
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Is this something that people who still daisy chain their accounts can use as an extra precaution? I know many people who do these and even knowing the risk is possible to be hacked they really do not mind it, but if something like this is possible to still use when you are not "tech savvy" I could see the positive of it.
Ever since I started using 2-step verification for Gmail, I've been wondering when the concept would catch on elsewhere. Glad to see that Apple is now implementing it too. I buy Apple content so often that I keep two cards on file with them. I would hate it if someone ever tried to use my account/credit card on their device!
I've already had to use it! A nephew thought it would be funny to change my iPad password and then, of course, couldn't remember it. Luckily I was able to use the security key and my iPhone and restore things.
I agree that Apple have taken Google's original idea and tweaked it. Now I know that if you set Google's system up to have a code sent to your phone you need to make sure you actually have that device with you. I wonder how it will work in reality.
I like the idea, and I know it would make me feel more secure about sensitive information being accessed should I lose a device. The only possible downside for me is the complicated password. Mixing up lower and upper case letters and numbers always confuses me!
I think this is great. Google's GMail seems to have led the way here with the two-step verification but companies like Apple and Xbox definitely need to follow suit. You can't be too secure when your money is at stake!
This is an application that I hope will become standard in all new Apple devices, as well as available to any of us who have older devices. Theft of the device itself is bad enough, but when the thief gains access to your accounts, they can totally kill the funds already on hand and if it's set up to go to a credit card automatically, you could wind up with hundreds of dollars out on apps and downloads for stolen devices.