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Discussion in 'iPhone' started by fet12, Mar 23, 2016.
which one do you guys use and if you do use it which one do you prefer?
Not sure what the difference is. I have two-step verification. Anytime I log into iCloud or apple.com it makes me verify it with either my phone or my phone number via a text message it sends.
I prefer the old two-step version, because it allows me to recover my account myself using the recovery key if necessary. In the new two-factor version you have to go through a lengthy process with Apple support if you lose access to all trusted devices. But that may be the better approach for people who can't or don't want to keep track of a recovery key.
If two step fails, you can always fall back on the recovery key.
That's what I wrote. But the new two-FACTOR method does not have a recovery key anymore.
I use two factor, and I have a recovery key. Does that just mean the recovery key is now useless?
Did you previously use the old two-step system and then switched to two-factor? If so, then yes, your old recovery key is now useless. Instead, you'll have to request account recovery through Apple: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204921. If you are still on two-step, your key is of course still valid.
They probably changed this because too many people lost their recovery keys and weren't able to recover their account under the old policy.
How can you tell if you're on 2-step or 2-factor?
Log in to appleid.apple.com. In the Security section it should say which method is active.
When did you set yours up? I only set mine up about 2 weeks ago and I was given a recovery key.
You are still on the old two-step system. The new two-factor method was opened for the general public just yesterday. See here for some background:
Actually, according to the article you posted above, as long as you have a phone number that you trust that is associated with your account, you can use that to recover the account. It is designed for people who are responsible when it comes to tinkering with technology and stuff like that.
Sure. That doesn't help you much if you lose the phone with the trusted number though.
I liked the recovery key as the last resort better than going through Apple support.
Under the old system (2-Step), if someone tries to hack your account remotely, Apple will suspend your password. At that point, you must have your recovery key.
I think many people using the 2-Step mistakenly believe as long as they have 2 of the 3 requirements (trusted device and password) they don't need to safeguard the recovery key.
Again, if someone tries hacking your account, your password becomes null and void and the recovery key is all that will save you.
It's a great system (2-Step) if you protect and have access to the key.