Apple Increases Account Security With Optional Two-Step Verification System for Apple IDs

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    Apple has implemented a new two-step verification system for Apple IDs (via 9to5Mac), adding an additional layer of protection for Apple accounts with an extra security code and a "trusted" device.
    Once enabled, the new system replaces the standard security questions that are asked before users make purchases on a new device and password resets can only be done from the designated iPhone or iPad.

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    As the recovery key is used in place of security questions, keeping it secure is of the utmost importance. A lost or forgotten key can be recovered with a trusted device and a password, just as a password can be recovered with a trusted device and a recovery key.

    The verification system will request a password that has one letter, one number, one capital letter, and at least eight characters. If such a password is not already in use, users will need to wait three days to fully enable two-step verification. Users with an already compliant password can move on immediately to the next step.

    A security code will be sent through SMS or using the Find My iPhone app, and during setup, users can choose a single trusted device. To begin the process, users can visit the Apple ID website to implement two-step verification.

    Article Link: Apple Increases Account Security With Optional Two-Step Verification System for Apple IDs
     
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    1234.....how did Apple know my security code!!???
     
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    John Appleseed? Is that really you?
     
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    Fantastic news! These sort of systems are really awesome, has saved me once with my Gmail account. Wish more companies would implement them!
     
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    As much as two-step authentic verification is annoying, I will turn it on, as I have for my other services.
     
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    Good start.....need to push this out to iCloud logins too.
     
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    Perhaps you missed the part that it's optional?

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    Hmmm... not there for me... US-only or gradual deployment or both?

    EDIT: And yes, my password is compliant...
     
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    Me neither. None of 3 Apple ID accounts that I have tried (all US) have two-step verification available.
     
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    They can't send the verification code via iMessage or email?
     
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    Well I think this is good news. Annoying maybe but I would rather be annoyed by this than someone getting my CC info and then having to fight the credit card companies and the credit score agencies.
     
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    Optional today, mandatory tomorrow. Even though online security is necessary, my hope is that it will be less annoying in the future.

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    iWatch perhaps...
     
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    Logged in to appleid.apple.com and can't find the option. Anyone know how the rollout is happening?
     
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    Find My iPhone rings a bell... if your phone is lost, you're kinda ****ed.
     
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    Kind of Sucks ...
    A feature yet not available over here!
     
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    In before the google lovers claim Android had this first.
    Apple gets it right!
     
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    No, because an untrusted device can receive it.
     
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    Its only available in the United States, UK, Australia, Ireland, and New Zealand.
     
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