MacMost Now 844: Apple ID Two-Step Verification

Apple IDs can now be made more secure by using the two-step verification process. This involves changing your Apple ID account and added secure devices, like your phone, to the process. In order to make changes to your account, like a new password, you would then need to verify your identity by using your device in conjunction with your password. This makes it much harder for someone to gain access to your account.

Comments: 15 Responses to “MacMost Now 844: Apple ID Two-Step Verification”

    Randy Nacol
    6 years ago

    This tip is one I just used, it was painless . Thanks for all your tips and tricks since being fairly new Apple Fan you’ve helped a great deal with my knowledge of this sweet Machine.

    Jim
    6 years ago

    Finally it makes sense.

    Annie
    6 years ago

    Will a T-Mobile prepaid phone work as the “device”? It can receive text messages but no access to the WEB.

      6 years ago

      As long as it can receive SMS messages. You just need to be able to receive the four digit code via SMS.

    Mike
    6 years ago

    If only we could merge more than one Apple ID during this process. Wishful thinking!

    Ron
    6 years ago

    Thank you … nothing I’d seen so far explained why two step verification was helpful. As usual you’ve made it very clear and easy.

    Nastradini
    6 years ago

    Thank’s for your great tips! I would like to ask that can I do this if I have only mac and not iOS device???

      6 years ago

      You need some device to get your security code sent to. You could use an iPhone, iPad, or any device that gets SMS messages. Otherwise, you have no way of getting these codes and no way of using two-step.

    Douglas Mattingly
    6 years ago

    Since I have 1Password, will the two-step password make any difference in my Apple ID security? Will the two-step process complicate the 1Password process?

      6 years ago

      1Password simply replaces typing the password manually. It doesn’t affect two-step verification, really. You could use it to store your backup key, though. That would be nice.

    Peter
    6 years ago

    If people used really good strong passwords and changed them often, none of this would be necessary.

    Mike w
    6 years ago

    Gary, I have no device which uses SMS with my Apple ID. I have Internet access only. I use iPads and iPods, as well as MacBooks for the Apple ID. Does thismmeanni can’t use the two-step process?

      6 years ago

      If you have an iPad and/or iPod touch, then you can use register that device for use in two-step. It doesn’t need to be SMS — SMS is just an option for people that don’t have an iOS device.

    Janice McLeod
    6 years ago

    Would this pose problems in the future if someone replaced their SMS device, and didn’t have the foresight to make that change in their Apple account before switching their SMS device? In such a case, it would seem that if the password was forgotten or their recovery key was lost, they have suddenly lost 2 of the 3 critical pieces of info and would be faced with a permanently lost account!

      6 years ago

      Yes, that’s right. So it is important to remember that if you lose one out of the three pieces, that you replace that piece immediately. So if you lose access to your SMS number, then you set up a new one before you lose one of the other two.

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