Apple’s answer to the high-profile breathing of celebrity iCloud accounts is here. Two-factor authentication gives Apple users another layer of security to keep their images and data safe on iCloud.
Two-factor authentication is a favorite security measure for companies ranging from video game company Blizzard to Twitter. Besides entering your password, a second form of authentication is required. Usually, it takes the form of a random code texted to your phone. Enter this code in and you’ll gain access to your account.
Two-factor authentication isn’t a stranger to Apple services. The opt-in feature is already available when making purchases from iTunes and the App Store. Plus, changes to account details.
The feature was tested on iCloud earlier this summer, but wasn’t implemented until this week.
The ‘Find My Phone’ service will still require just your Apple ID credentials. Kinda hard to get the second code if you’re looking for your phone.
Apple’s iCloud breach highlights online safety yet again. Always use two-factor authentication wherever the feature is available. You’ll save yourself the inevitable headache of having your data compromised.
Apple also suggests creating app-specific passwords if you use iCloud with third-party apps. This will become mandatory at the first of October.
Apple writes on their support page, “If you use iCloud with any third-party apps, such as Microsoft Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird, or BusyCal, you can generate app-specific passwords that allow you to sign in securely, even if the app you’re using doesn’t support two-step verification. Using an app-specific password also ensures that your primary Apple ID password isn’t collected or stored by any third-party apps you might use.”
Head on over to the support page for instructions on creating app-specific passwords.