IF YOU own an iPhone, it’s worth setting up this handy security tool.
Called two-factor authentication, it protects your Apple ID — the login you use to access apps, iCloud, and more.
Setting up two-factor authentication (2FA) is one of the easiest ways to stop hackers.
It protects your Apple account by requiring an extra layer of verification before signing in – on top of your password.
This means your account is still secure if your password is hacked (or guessed).
You can enable 2FA on your Apple ID.
This is the account that contains the user’s personal information and settings and that you need for iCloud.
After activation, you need to enter a special code that will be sent via SMS or email, which you will enter in addition to your password to log in.
How to enable 2FA on your Apple ID
- Go to Settings > [your name] > Password & Security.
- Tap Turn on two-factor authentication.
- Tap Next.
- When signing up, enter the phone number where you want to receive verification codes. You can choose to receive the codes via SMS or an automated call.
- Tap Next.
- Enter the verification code to verify your phone number and enable two-factor authentication.
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What is two-factor authentication?
Two-factor authentication, also known as two-step authentication or two-step verification, is a means of protecting online accounts.
When you need to log into a website, you enter your normal password – this is the first “factor” used to authenticate your identity.
Which websites use two-factor authentication?
Many websites already use two-factor authentication.
You’ve probably come across it on websites that can store your financial information, such as online banking services or shopping websites.
If your doctor’s office has a patient portal, your medical information is likely protected by two-factor authentication.
Google requires 2-step verification from everyone who signs in to Gmail, Google Drive, or other Google services.
A representative said so Wall Street Journal that all Google accounts will be “enrolled” in two-factor authentication before the end of 2022.
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