In March, Apple launched a new TWO-step verification security process. Sounds good, but what does it mean? Basically, it’s a new security feature available for your Apple ID – by adding an additional step to your account authentication process, Apple can help keep you and your personal content safe.
With this new step you have 3 security options, of which you must pick two:
- Your Password
- Recovery Key – an alphanumeric code
- Trusted Device – a device such as your iPhone that you’ll set up to receive a four digit code when needed.
Let’s walk through an example of how you’d use it, just to clarify. When logging in to your Apple ID, you’ll use your password to log in, and the code that will be sent to your device. The new two-step process gets rid of the need for security questions, which can also often be guessed, especially if you go with birthday or place of birth. One important point to call out is that Apple will no longer reset your password should you forget it. You will always have to have either your device to which they can send a code, or your recovery key.
The thing is, it’s not automatically set up for you, so you’ll need to enable it yourself. Here’s how:
- Log in with your Apple ID, then go to Password and Security – you’ll need to answer your security questions for one last time before proceeding.
- The Two-step verification page should come up, click on ‘Get Started’.
- Set up your ‘Trusted Device’, i.e. your cell phone. A 4-digit code will be sent to you, and you’ll need to enter that back in on the website to verify it.
- Continue to follow the instructions until you get the Recovery Key page. This is very important, Apple will not email you the code, so you’ll need to make a note of it and keep it in a trusted place, before hitting Confirm.
Should you ever want to turn off two-step verification, follow these steps:
- Log in to your Apple ID, and select Password and Security, select ‘Turn off two-step verification’.
- Enter the security questions that you’d wish to put back in place.
The two-step verification process offers a stronger security measure, especially for those that rely on iCloud. As the iCloud becomes increasingly popular, it’s likely that it will become a bigger target for cybercriminals, especially considering the vast amounts of information they can find stored there.
Have you enabled the two-step verification process yet?
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