Apple Adds Two-Factor Authentication to Apple IDs

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Apple has added two-factor authentication to some Apple ID functions.

Two-step verification is an optional security feature for your Apple ID. It requires you to verify your identity using one of your devices before you can:

  • Sign in to My Apple ID to manage your account.
  • Make an iTunes, App Store, or iBookstore purchase from a new device.
  • Get Apple ID-related support from Apple.

Turning on two-step verification reduces the possibility of someone accessing or making unauthorized changes to your account information at My Apple ID or making purchases using your account.

We've noticed that at least some users (including me) are subject to a three day waiting period before activating 2FA. This may be a smart idea to prevent someone else from locking me out of my account. (Or it is paranoid.)

Apple has more information in an FAQ about the feature.

Does it work for you?

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