Apple two-step verification Apple ID

Apple today quietly introduced a new two-step verification feature for iCloud and Apple ID users in order to offer improved account security. Enabling two-step verification will require a user to identify his or her identity with both an Apple ID password and a four-digit verification code, which Apple will send to an owner's trusted device, before the user will be able to manage the Apple ID account or make a purchase from the App Store, iBookstore or iTunes Store from a new device. Apple also provides a 14-digit Recovery Key that can be used in the event that a user forgets his or her passwords or loses a trusted device. 

Google has been offering similar two-step verification account security for its services for some time now, so it's good to see Apple finally offering some improved iCloud and Apple ID security as well. Enabling two-step verification on an Apple ID should make it much more difficult for a malicious individual to make unauthorized purchases or changes to an account, and with a Recovery Key, the user is the only person that can reset his or her own account password (even Apple support won't be able to). If you're interested in adding two-step verification to your own Apple ID or iCloud account, you can do so by moseying on over to the Apple ID website.

Via 9to5Mac, Apple

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Paulo De Freitas
Paulo De Freitas My wife's problem, I use Android, she has iPhone 5...
Alfonso Manuel Avalos
Alfonso Manuel Avalos i got my drink and my two steps
Dee Ross
Dee Ross Yes but Apple will patent "Using an input device in order to participate in a two step verification process".
Robert Wellington Clubine III
Robert Wellington Clubine III Have not noticed this yet.
Jeremy Koenig
Jeremy Koenig I use two-step where available.
Mick Jetten
Mick Jetten Yes I took two steps to the trash can to toss my Iphone! ;)
Dathan Valdez
Dathan Valdez google already has
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