Do you use two factor authentication on ios?

Discussion in 'iOS 10' started by Galacticos, Jun 9, 2017.


Do you use two factor authentication on your iPhone?

  1. Yes - it's a hassle but it's worth the added security

    31 vote(s)
  2. No - it's a hassle

    15 vote(s)
  1. Galacticos macrumors 6502a


    Apr 5, 2016
    I'm interested to hear if you use 2FA, and if so why?

    I haven't set it up yet because of the 'hassle' of authenticating, but I think it valid for security. I'm on the fence.
  2. Shirasaki, Jun 9, 2017
    Last edited: Jun 9, 2017

    Shirasaki macrumors 604


    May 16, 2015
  3. nburwell macrumors 601


    May 6, 2008
    It can be a hassle, especially when adding new iOS devices, but IMO, it's definitely worth it.
  4. ardchoille50 macrumors 68020

    Feb 6, 2014
    I like knowing that 2FA would prevent a stranger from signing into my account even if they were to obtain my AppleID and password. The balance between security and comfort is one that everyone struggles to attain sooner or later.
  5. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    It's another added step for added security. I have it enabled to protect my identity and information. It's a great back up method. Everyone will vary though.
  6. Mlrollin91 macrumors G5


    Nov 20, 2008
    Ventura County
    I definitely use it. I don't even think its a hassle. I have thousands of dollars worth of apps, movies, music and books tied to my AppleID. If someone hacked me and changed my password/email address, its gone forever. There have been people here and all over the web that have lost their entire iTunes library and Apple cannot get it back because they cannot verify it was originally yours. Not worth the risk, even in the slightest.

    I cannot stress the importance enough.
  7. Rok73 macrumors 65816


    Apr 21, 2015
    Planet Earth
  8. gwang73 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 14, 2009
    San Francisco Area
    I have it turned on and don't find it a hassle. It would be 100% better if it automatically populated the code or just authenticated when pressing 'allow'.
  9. Galacticos thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Apr 5, 2016
    I just read apples help page on it. It seems like now you only need a verification code to add a new trusted device. Once you have added a trusted device do you just access your phone or mac like usual?

    Basically, the only time you need a verification code is when you're prompted for iCloud credentials? (Does this include things like iTunes purchases?)
  10. Shirasaki macrumors 604


    May 16, 2015
    Each time you download an app update from a new device, or a not trusted device, you may be prompted with credential. Updates are not required for credential most of the time after that but in app purchase or buying an app could be tricky.
    Well, consider there is no turn away, I would better proceed with caution. Wish Apple does not enforce 2FA in one sub version of ios11 in the future.
  11. JayMysterio macrumors 6502


    Apr 24, 2010
    Rock Ridge, California
    I've found it can be a hassle if you have a mac that does not have the latest OS. Once itunes decides that your current session has expired, the only way you can get back in is with a verification code. Unfortunately the prompt that allows you to enter that codes is only in the current OS, so if you don't have it, you cannot enter the verification code. So if I want to add media to that Mac, I need to hook up my iphone or ipad that I bought the media on, to add it.

    If you have the latest OS of course, not a hassle.
  12. ElectronGuru macrumors 65816

    Sep 5, 2013
    Oregon, USA
    I think it depends what you're comparing it to.

    Compared to 15 or 20 years ago when things didn't even have passwords, yes it is a hassle. Compared to a bank or other company wondering if it's really you and making you jump through a bunch of authentication hoops, it is very much easier to just grab the phone and prove it's you in a single step. Like a digital drivers license at a front gate.
  13. Galacticos thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Apr 5, 2016
    So it seems a few things have changed since I last looked into this.

    It appears for instance that Apple can help with account recovery in the event of a forgotten password. I think in the older version if you lost that you lost our account
  14. honam1021 macrumors regular

    Nov 4, 2012
    I don't enable it because I fear it would break App Store redownloads on my older devices running iOS 6 or 7, also it's a pain if you frequently switch between Apple IDs registered to different regions.

    Security wise I'm not to concerned as you have to enter your secret questions anyway when you buy something on a new device.
  15. UL2RA Suspended

    May 7, 2017
    Where's the "Yes, it's not a hassle" option?
  16. ardchoille50 macrumors 68020

    Feb 6, 2014
    The lack of such an option is evidence of a biased poll.
  17. Galacticos thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Apr 5, 2016
    I'm not meaning to be biased. It was kind of a joke. I know some will use it and find it no problem at all
  18. UL2RA Suspended

    May 7, 2017
    We're just giving you crap. :)
  19. raab macrumors regular

    Jul 23, 2010
    I have it enabled and it's not a hassle
  20. dwfaust macrumors 601


    Jul 3, 2011
    Yes I do... and not really a hassle... two Apple IDs (one for iCloud, one for iTunes), 3 iPhones, 5 family iPads one Watch and 4 Macs ... once everything was set up, it adds no extra steps to anything... and allows me to unlock 2 of the Macs with my Watch.
  21. kazmac macrumors 603


    Mar 24, 2010
    On the silver scream
    Have to remember my iPhone when I buy stuff from iTunes on my Mac, but I do not find it a hassle. Now two step verification? That was a world of hurt.
  22. boast macrumors 65816


    Nov 12, 2007
    Phoenix, USA
    I have it on everything that supports it. iCloud, Microsoft, Google, Dropbox, Amazon, etc... and iCloud is the easiest since it automatically pops up on every device.
  23. Cogsworth macrumors 6502


    Feb 7, 2015
    I find it just too much of a hassle, so I've turned it off. Yeah I might regret it someday, yeah I'm also kind of lazy. :D
  24. Sieneskil macrumors newbie


    Jun 19, 2017
    I have a different problem. My codes are sent to my iPhone, and I don’t have access to that anymore, so I can’t log in to turn it off. I signed out of iCloud, and now I can’t get to anything on my computer.
  25. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    No, I was finding its implementation to be rather poor. I had trouble accessing my information and icloud stuff across different devices. It was not worth the hassle imo

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