Apple has finally initialized two-step verification for FaceTime as well as iMessage. The popular messaging and video communication services, which are exclusive to Apple devices. The move is one that has been talked about for some time, but only recently became something that the company was serious about implementing, as more users questioned why faulty login attempts wouldn’t be combatted with the same technology and process that other tech companies are taking to make things more difficult for those trying to gain access illegally.
Two-step verification first appeared in 2013 on Apple devices for the actual Appel accounts themselves. Meaning, only users who would make changes to account settings or work inside of an account itself – would actually be prompted to utilize that verification process. More recently, after Apple’s iCloud was breached even more concerns were set off, leading right up to the company’s implementation of two-step verification on that service, as well.
Apple is making it easy to update your information, too. To register for two-step verification users will simply have to sign in and then authorize the security measure to be implemented. It will require you to receive a code via text message, which can then be utilized to login – when signing in on a new device. Go to manage your Apple ID, click on Password and Security, then Get Started and Continue until it prompts you regarding your password security.
At this point, the user will have to choose a trusted device, and utilize a 4-digit code that will be sent to that device. It’ll also give you a Recovery Key, which should be printed out – or the numbers copied down to ensure that they are not lost. Right now, the user can enter that recovery key and use their device – while allow two-step verification on those devices, moving forward when that username is used on the device.
This is a major step for Apple in improving their overall security features on their devices. This is increasingly important as more users use their devices and services – and expect to have that data and information kept safe. Two-step verification is becoming the norm online now, as more and more services are opting for a two-step security rather than traditional means of security due to the frequency login attempts made by individuals who are not the account holder.