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The company introduced two-step authentication for Apple ID and iCloud accounts on Thursday.

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Apple is giving its users more security over their Apple accounts and remotely stored data with a new option of two-step security authentication. Users can add two forms of verification on their Apple ID — the identity used to sign into iTunes, the App Store, FaceTime, iMessage and more — and their iCloud account.

Apple updated its two-step verification FAQ page on Thursday. By turning it on, users will have to enter a four-digit passcode in addition to their Apple ID or iCloud password. Apple supplies the verification passcode, and it can be saved to each device that is used regularly. The four-digit passcode will replace the need for a security question, according to Apple’s documentation.

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Considering how widely the Apple ID is used across a host of Apple services and devices, it’s somewhat surprising this wasn’t previously an option for Apple users. Apple’s account security procedures were found to have several cracks in them in light of the awful hacking attack on Wired writer Mat Honan last summer. His personal accounts with Google, Amazon and Apple were broken into by a hacker who played the companies’ security measures off of each other.

At the time, Apple suspended the ability to let users reset their Apple IDs over the phone with an account representative. Two-step verification looks to be the company closing the loop on its earlier promise to improve its security measures.

  1. This is supposed to be easy to implement? As I understand it, I have to be able to receive a security code on any device that I want to use to access my account or make purchases. On my iPhone with SMS, not a big deal. It appears on my iPad I have to have my iPhone with me and be able to receive an SMS message. Same with my Mac. For the other iPhone in my house (which doesn’t have SMS messaging) and the iPad they use, I haven’t the faintest idea how to accomplish this.

    After about 20 minutes, I turned off two-step verification.

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    1. Looks like your other iPhone and iPad don’t have iMessage but I thought it is a features of all iOS devices.
      I guess your other iPhone is a droid and the iPad is a kindle.

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      1. So as I understand it, I have to be available to receive a code whenever someone else in my family wants put purchase something and they have to wait for me to send them the security code?

        Well that’s convenient…

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