59> How to set up two-fac­tor au­then­ti­ca­tion

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1What is it?

Two-fac­tor au­then­ti­ca­tion is a new se­cu­rity sys­tem from Ap­ple. It’s sim­i­lar to two-step au­then­ti­ca­tion, but eas­ier to use be­cause codes are sent di­rectly to your de­vices (rather than as an SMS text mes­sage). It also doesn’t re­quire users to print out, and safely store, a su­per-se­cret emer­gency key (pre­vi­ously, this caused prob­lems for peo­ple who lost them). It also makes it pos­si­ble for Ap­ple to help you to re­cover your ac­count if you com­pletely for­get your pass­word and lose all your de­vices.

2 How to set it up

Two-fac­tor au­then­ti­ca­tion is be­ing rolled out by Ap­ple to users in stages, so you don’t sign up for it. In­stead, it’ll be of­fered to you dur­ing setup. If you’ve al­ready con­fig­ured it, then you can check your sta­tus by choos­ing Sys­tem Pref­er­ences > iCloud > Ac­count De­tails > Se­cu­rity. To turn on two-fac­tor au­then­ti­ca­tion you must give Ap­ple at least one phone num­ber. In fact, it’s best to pro­vide Ap­ple with a sec­ond num­ber as a backup, in case you lose (or change) your phone num­ber down the line.

3 Man­age your de­vices

With two-fac­tor au­then­ti­ca­tion set up, a six digit code is sent to your other de­vices (run­ning El Cap­i­tan or iOS 9) when you try to log on to Ap­ple ser­vices when you en­ter your pass­word to use a ser­vice such as iCloud, or buy from the iTunes or App Stores. En­ter the code to con­firm that you ac­tu­ally made the re­quest. This way, even if some­body hacks your pass­code they still can’t log on to your ac­count. Man­age your trusted de­vices in Sys­tem Pref­er­ences > iCloud > Ac­count De­tails > De­vices.

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