Four years ago, Apple launched two-factor authentication service, which ensures users that only they will have access to your account, even if someone discovers the password. In 2015 with the launch of iOS 9 and OS X Yosemite, the company launched two-factor authentication for your iPhone, iPad and Mac. In 2017 with the release of iOS 10.3, the company began to send newsletters to users with a proposal to activate the device extra protection.
In beta versions of iOS 10.3 Apple developers have changed the app settings, adding the top section of the user profile. Here in the new menu, “Password and security” there is an option “two-Factor authentication”. Apple offers users add “another layer of account security to protect photos, documents and other data stored in Apple.”
If you use two-factor authorization, account access is only possible with trusted devices: iPhone, iPad and Mac. When you first log on a new device you will need to provide two types of information: password and six-digit verification code, which is automatically displayed on the trusted device, or is sent at the specified phone number.
With the 10.3 beta release of iOS, Apple began to broadcast push notifications with the proposal to enable two-factor authentication. “Improve the security of your Apple ID and iCloud data” – said in a statement. If you click on the notification will open the settings section of iOS to activate two-factor authentication.
10.3 built-in iOS functionality that allows to include an additional layer of protection a few steps. You only need to include your phone number and then get an email from Apple with a link to activate the two-factor protection. In beta versions of iOS 10.3 Russian phone numbers have a problem with the activation: verification code will be sent to a number with a prefix of “1” instead of “+7”.
If you dismiss a notification on the necessity to include two-factor authentication it after a while will appear again. Thus, Apple is forcing iPhone and iPad users to make their data more secure on iCloud.