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Two-step Authentication Hits iMessage and FaceTime

by Todd Haselton | February 12, 2015February 12, 2015 8:00 pm PST


If you’re not using two-step authentication everywhere possible, you should be. It allows you to login to a website or social network and then, using either a special code sent to your phone number or a special piece of code generating software, you log-in a second time. That’s why it’s called two-step. It’s available for services including Google, Facebook, Twitter and everything in-between but, until now, it wasn’t available for some of Apple’s products — though iCloud and iTunes are covered.

According to The Guardian, Apple is now rolling out two-step authentication to iMessage and FaceTime. That prevents anyone but you from accessing those systems when you log-in. The news outlet said that, if you were to log out of one of those systems, or try to log back in on a new machine, you’ll need to enter in a special code generated by Apple and sent to a device registered through Find My iPhone.

Our phones might not be the most at risk, since you’re usually not logging in and out on them, but it’s a much more secure option on computers where you might be more at risk from someone trying to login to your account.

The Guardian

Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...