Remember last year when celebrity photos from iCloud were leaked online? Many blamed iCloud’s poor security which is something Apple quickly addressed why introducing two-factor authentication to the service which was basically an added layer of security meant to prevent hackers from getting into your account.
So that’s iCloud, but what about Apple’s other services? The good news is that if you’re a frequent user of FaceTime or iMessage, Apple has recently introduced two-factor authentication to both those services as well. What this means is that should a hacker manage to get your Apple ID and password and tries to activate iMessage or FaceTime on their device using your details, they can’t as they would still need a PIN code that will only be sent to your handset.
This will prevent hackers from pretending to be you and send messages to friends or family members in an attempt to try and get sensitive information on you. Hopefully this is a sign that Apple could be thinking about rolling out the security feature to all of its services in the future, but for now we guess iCloud, FaceTime, and iMessage are good places to start.
For those who like the idea of two-factor authentication for their FaceTime and iMessage accounts, setting it up is pretty easy. You’ll need to go to My Apple ID, select “Manage your Apple ID” and sign in using your credentials, navigate to “Password and Security”, and under “Two-Step Authentication”, select Get Started and follow the instructions on how to proceed with the feature.