Apple Implements two-step verification for iCloud and Apple ID
Its looking like Apple are sorting out their security systems today as the company has introduced a new two-step verification system for logins to the Apple ID and iCloud systems that will add a huge level of security to Apple customers.
The new system means that customers with an Apple ID will need to verify their identity on a new trusted device before making changes to their personal information or making any purchases. This type of system has been in place with other companies such as Google and even banking systems such as Natwest.
What this new system means is that after the sign-up is complete, if a change to the account has been made, a verification key will be sent to the user’s “trusted” iOS devices via the Find My iPhone app or to any other smartphone via SMS.
Entering the passcode enables full access to the account, while two-step verification will also be required when users make a purchase on a new device for the first time.
Apple will also be dishing out a recovery key that serves as a last-ditch unlocking tool of you forget your password details for the 2 step system or if the trusted device is lost or stolen.
Apple have come under flack over the past few years for its lax security measures and last year some plucky hackers were able to liberate a host of Apple iCloud customers details, which undoubtedly spawned Apples current security system updates.
The new two-step verification will be available to users in the United States, UK, Australia, Ireland, and New Zealand from now onwards but Apple have stated that if you have changed any account info recently, you may need to wait up to three days before getting started.