How To Set Up Apple’s New Two-Step Verification

Apple has enabled two-factor authentication for its iCloud service, giving the company a much-needed security boost. When enabled, this new feature will require users to verify their identity every time they log into their Apple account. Lost passwords can only be reset using a verified device and recovery key; all other attempts at password recovery will be disabled, eliminating security holes like the one that allowed hackers to delete a large amount of journalist Mat Honan’s digital life

Two-step verification can be enabled on the Apple ID website by logging in and navigating to the Password and Security tab on the left. Near the top of the page, there will be a section labeled Two-Step Verification with a Get Started link immediately below.

Next, Apple will ask you to verify your identity by answering two security questions. Once these are successfully answered, Apple will verify your Apple devices by sending a 4-digit verification code to each. After this process, Apple will supply you with a recovery key, which can be used to reset the password if you lose your verified devices.

We first verified our iPhone, which sent the device a popup alert with the verification code. Once this was done, and were automatically prompted to enter and verify our phone number using an SMS code. We verified the rest of our devices and then pressed continue.

Next, Apple gives you your Recovery Key, which can be used to reset your password in case you don’t have a trusted device with you. Users are encouraged not to save the code on their computer, instead printing out the code or writing it down on a piece of paper and saving it in a safe place. We were required to enter the full recovery key into a prompt on the next screen to verify that we successfully received a copy.

Apple has you verify the conditions of two-factor authentication one more time before enabling the feature. Once activated, users will receive a confirmation email and will henceforth be required to use two verification items in order to log into their accounts.

Dann Berg
Follow Dann Berg on Twitter ,Google+. or at Novice No Longer. Follow LAPTOPMAG on Twitter, Google+ or Facebook.
Dann Berg on
Email* (will not be published)
*Indicates required field
Submit Comments

All Product Types Accessories Cars Digital Camcorders Digital Cameras eReaders GPS Laptops MP3 & Video Players Projectors Smartphones Software Storage Tablets / MIDs VoIP Wi-Fi
All Subcategories
All Subcategories All-Purpose Budget Business Desktop Replacement Gaming Multimedia Netbook Nettop Rugged Student Tablet PCs Ultraportable
Acer Alienware Apple Archos ASUS Averatec BenQ CTL Corp. Dell Digital Storm eMachines Emtec Everex Fujitsu GammaTech Gateway General Dynamics Getac Gigabyte Hercules HP HTC iBuyPower Intel Lenovo MSI Nokia Nvidia OCZ OLPC OQO Origin Panasonic Sager Samsung Sony Sylvania Systemax TabletKiosk Toshiba Verizon Viewsonic Viliv VooDoo Workhorse PC ZT Systems
Minimum Rating
Any Rating 4.5 Stars 4.0 Stars 3.5 Stars 3.0 Stars
Screen Size
10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 20 4 5 6 7 8 9
1024x576 1024x600 1024x768 1200X800 1280 x 720 1280x1024 1280x768 1280x800 1366x678 1366x768 1440x1050 1440x900 1600x768 1600x900 1680x1050 1680x945 1920x1080 1920x1200 800x400 800x480
Weight Range
10.1 - 12.0 pounds 12.1 - 14.0 pounds 14.1 - 16.0 pounds 2 lbs 2 pounds and under 2+ lbs 2.1 - 4.0 pounds 4.1 - 6.0 pounds 6.1 - 8.0 pounds 8.1 - 10.0 pounds Over 16 pounds Under 2 pounds
more options