Apple Expands Two-Step Verification to Additional Countries

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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
  2. macrumors member

    Jul 7, 2011
    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.
  3. macrumors newbie

    Sep 17, 2009
    What 3-day's i enabled it just fine.
  4. macrumors regular

    Jun 29, 2012
    This seems like a good idea... until you forget where your old device is. Ha!
  5. macrumors member

    Apr 10, 2011
    It depends on what's been recently done with your Apple ID:
    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.
  6. macrumors member

    Sep 13, 2009
    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.
  7. macrumors 601


    Dec 8, 2011
    East Central Florida
    everyone should do this, dont forget to print out and hide the master key.
  8. macrumors 603


    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.
  9. macrumors 65816


    Aug 16, 2012
    Toronto, Canada.
    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 :(
  10. macrumors regular


    Jan 8, 2008
  11. Editor


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2012
    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.
  12. macrumors newbie

    May 10, 2011
  13. macrumors member

    Apr 10, 2011
    If you've got a rescue email address setup it should be possible via that rescue email:
    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)
  14. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 24, 2011
    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.
  15. macrumors member


    Nov 3, 2012
    In Canada. Don't have the two-step verification option, yet.
  16. macrumors regular


    Sep 22, 2007
    kathmandu, nepal
    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.
  17. macrumors 603


    Cheers, I'll try to reset later on.
  18. macrumors member

    Apr 10, 2011
    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 .
  19. macrumors newbie

    Jun 8, 2011
  20. macrumors member

    Dec 25, 2009
    I'm also in Belgium and I can't see it either.
  21. macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    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
  22. macrumors 6502


    May 3, 2011
    Irvine, California
    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.
  23. macrumors 65816

    Mike MA

    Sep 21, 2012
    Germany, Europe
    Not for me :confused:

    Just logged in but no difference at all....
  24. macrumors 603


    Jul 27, 2009
    Premià de Mar
    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?
  25. macrumors 65816


    Jan 23, 2006
    Where I live
    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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