Apple Launches Two-Step Verification System for Apple ID Holders

Cupertino strengthens the security of its users’ accounts

By Filip Truta on March 22nd, 2013 08:33 GMT

Customers in the United States, the UK, Australia, Ireland and New Zealand can now opt to have their Apple IDs strengthened with a two-step verification system implemented by Apple recently.

Your Apple ID is what you use for pretty much everything you do with Apple, such as shop in the iTunes Store, enable iCloud on your devices, make reservations at an Apple Retail Store, access Apple Support, etc.

It’s better to ensure no one can hack into your account, otherwise you might end up with a thousand-dollar bill for apps. And you don’t even get to use the apps either, because they’ll be on someone else’s device.

For such instances, and many other scenarios we can think of, Apple has decided to implement a two-step verification for Apple IDs in the aforementioned countries.

The two-step verification requires you to verify your identity using one of your devices before you can make changes to your account, or make an iTunes Store purchase.

The steps are outlined by Apple as follows:

1. You enter your Apple ID and password as usual.

2. The company sends a verification code to one of your devices.

3. You enter the code you received from Apple to verify your identity and complete the sign-in process.

To sign up for the two-step validation of your Apple ID, visit Apple here.

Once the process of securing your Apple ID is complete, the Cupertino giant will also offer you a “Recovery Key” for safekeeping.

You can use this recovery key to access your account if you ever forget your password or lose your device.

Apple has been taking steps to improve its iCloud services as of late, including the iOS Maps application. Strengthening security is always a good place to start for offering a better experience for the customer.
Two-step verification guide (screenshot)
   Two-step verification guide (screenshot)
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