iCloud two factor authentication called as two-step verification by Apple provides you with an extra layer of security while you sign into your iCloud account. This security tool is designed to prevent anyone from accessing your account, even if they know your password. Two-factor authentication will need to verify your identity using one of your devices before you can take any of these actions:
- Log in to My Apple ID to manage your account.
- Sign in to iCloud on a new device or at iCloud.com.
- For iTunes, iBooks or App Store purchase from a new device.
- To get Apple ID support from Apple.
This new feature provided by Apple is easy to set up. With iCloud two factor authentication enabled, you’ll require to enter a verification code along with your iCloud account and password which will be sent a trusted device you own like your smartphone. The verification code will be 4-digit number and you have to use at least one SMS capable phone number .However, you cannot use landline or web-based (VOIP) phone services for iCloud two factor authentication. Another interesting thing you’ll also be able to know when someone tries to log into your account.
If you enable iCloud two factor authentication to sign into your account:
- You don’t have to remember or create any security questions.
- Only you can reset your password.
- Your password can be reset if you forget it with a trusted device and your Recovery Key.
In order to set up iCloud two-factor authentication, here are few simple steps you need to follow:
- Go to appleid.apple.com
- Click “Manage your Apple ID” and log into your Apple ID using your credentials.
- After you’ve logged in, select “Password and Security” on the left-hand sidebar.
- Then, you’ll need to answer some security questions only after which you’ll be able to access iCloud two factor authentication sections.
- Once you correctly answer the security question which are the questions you set up while signing up for your Apple ID, finally, you’ll be lead to a page where you can set up iCloud two factor authentication, which is called as “Two-Step Verification” by Apple.
- Now, just click “Get started” and follow onscreen instructions.
Note: To enable iCloud two factor authentication, you’ll need to wait three days. Apple has introduced such system for added security to avoid quick and dirty hacks. Once three days have passed, go back and follow the previous steps by signing into your Apple ID account and select Get Started under Two-Step Verification block that you can find in the Password and Security section.