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Old May 10, 2013, 11:27 AM   #1
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Apple Expands Two-Step Verification to Additional Countries




Apple has expanded its two-step verification system to a number of new countries, including Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, and Russia, among others, notes 9to5Mac.

Two-step verification is designed to provide Apple users with an extra layer of protection through the use of a trusted device and a security code. When Apple first introduced the feature in March, it was limited to users in the U.S., U.K., Australia, Ireland, and New Zealand.

Apple has yet to make an official announcement or update its documentation, but it appears that quite a few countries are gaining access to two-step verification today.

Article Link: Apple Expands Two-Step Verification to Additional Countries
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Old May 10, 2013, 11:32 AM   #2
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Cool. I just requested this. It's interesting that there's a 3-day waiting period.
It seems that Apple is really "doubling down" on security, which is great to see.
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Old May 10, 2013, 11:41 AM   #3
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Cool. I just requested this. It's interesting that there's a 3-day waiting period.
It seems that Apple is really "doubling down" on security, which is great to see.
What 3-day's i enabled it just fine.
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Old May 10, 2013, 11:44 AM   #4
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This seems like a good idea... until you forget where your old device is. Ha!
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Old May 10, 2013, 11:48 AM   #5
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What 3-day's i enabled it just fine.
It depends on what's been recently done with your Apple ID: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5570#waiting_period
As I had to reset my security questions recently (forgot them completely when preparing for this two-step verification in advance) I now have to wait for 3 days too.
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Old May 10, 2013, 11:48 AM   #6
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Cool. I just requested this. It's interesting that there's a 3-day waiting period.
It seems that Apple is really "doubling down" on security, which is great to see.
I confirm, also have to wait 3 days. I did have to change my password to a better one, maybe in that case you have to wait 3 days.
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Old May 10, 2013, 11:54 AM   #7
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everyone should do this, dont forget to print out and hide the master key.
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Old May 10, 2013, 11:59 AM   #8
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It depends on what's been recently done with your Apple ID: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5570#waiting_period
As I had to reset my security questions recently (forgot them completely when preparing for this two-step verification in advance) I now have to wait for 3 days too.
How do you reset those questions, I didn't forget them but first I got a question I never entered an answer to, then later on I get two fields but they don't seem to work, also, got three questions when registering yet 2 are asked for.
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Old May 10, 2013, 12:19 PM   #9
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Ah. I'm trying to enable it but it keeps telling me to change my current password. WHY? I've been using that same password for 4 years and now you seem to have a problem with it. Damn you Apple!

Sucks for me
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Old May 10, 2013, 12:39 PM   #10
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Enabled for Germany as well.
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Old May 10, 2013, 12:52 PM   #11
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Ah. I'm trying to enable it but it keeps telling me to change my current password. WHY? I've been using that same password for 4 years and now you seem to have a problem with it. Damn you Apple!

Sucks for me
You have to use one of their acceptable passwords to enable it, I had to do the same thing. There's a three day waiting period after you do change the password too.
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Old May 10, 2013, 12:53 PM   #12
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Not working in Mexico yet
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Old May 10, 2013, 12:53 PM   #13
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How do you reset those questions, I didn't forget them but first I got a question I never entered an answer to, then later on I get two fields but they don't seem to work, also, got three questions when registering yet 2 are asked for.
If you've got a rescue email address setup it should be possible via that rescue email:
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5665
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5312
otherwise you need to call their support and provide two of three valid verification information (the confirmation code from the Apple ID website, serial ID of any Apple device that you recently used at iTunes/Mac App Store with your Apple ID (which was my case), selected part of credit card information associated with your Apple ID)
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Old May 10, 2013, 01:14 PM   #14
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Awesome, I've enabled it in Canada!

Now, please do something so that whoever gets my password can't remotely wipe my MacBook, iPhone, etc.
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Old May 10, 2013, 08:58 PM   #15
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In Canada. Don't have the two-step verification option, yet.
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Old May 10, 2013, 11:27 PM   #16
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Why don't they tell me what countries are supported?

I am waiting now for 2 days... but don't know if Nepal is supported. If not, why not? Google supports us here, and there is no cooling off period. wtf.
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If you've got a rescue email address setup it should be possible via that rescue email:
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5665
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5312
otherwise you need to call their support and provide two of three valid verification information (the confirmation code from the Apple ID website, serial ID of any Apple device that you recently used at iTunes/Mac App Store with your Apple ID (which was my case), selected part of credit card information associated with your Apple ID)
Cheers, I'll try to reset later on.
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Old May 11, 2013, 06:59 AM   #18
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I am waiting now for 2 days... but don't know if Nepal is supported. If not, why not? Google supports us here, and there is no cooling off period. wtf.
You can easily find out if your country is supported on the Apple ID password and security page. If there's an option to activate this 2-step verification they you've got it. In some cases you won't get it activated immediately but will have to wait 3 days, but you should still be able to initiate the activation process at least.
If you see nothing about 2-step verification then unfortunately Nepal isn't included in this wave and you'll have to wait longer.
Why? Maybe because these companies focus on USA in 1st place so USA gets everything 1st, then some other big countries follow, then the rest (usually in some smaller waves).

Greetings to Nepal, beautiful nature over there .
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Old May 11, 2013, 07:28 AM   #19
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I live in belgium and can't see it
I'm also in Belgium and I can't see it either.
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Old May 11, 2013, 09:44 AM   #21
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Cool. I just requested this. It's interesting that there's a 3-day waiting period.
It seems that Apple is really "doubling down" on security, which is great to see.
Did you have to change your password. Seems anyone with a non rules password (no number, no caps etc) is being asked to change it. And that is triggering the 3 day wait. So the 'your password was changed' email goes out and could be received and someone call and say it wasn't them. And so on
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Old May 11, 2013, 11:08 AM   #22
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Where's the Apple copied Blizzard people? These all look like constructive comments! Well, except mine. Two factor auth is pretty cool. I wonder if they go fingerprint scanner if that will also trigger a two factor auth.
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Enabled for Germany as well.
Not for me

Just logged in but no difference at all....
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If you don't have an iOS device you have to use Find my phone in Spain because it doesn't accept Spanish mobile numbers. Why Apple don't use the same two step generator like Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Dropbox, Lastpass or Yahoo?
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Awesome, I've enabled it in Canada!

Now, please do something so that whoever gets my password can't remotely wipe my MacBook, iPhone, etc.
I made certain I complied when it was first announced for the US, EK, etc. Now, I do not see the option at all for my Canadian account.

Did you see it directly under security or you had to go through some steps before hand?

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