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Apple adds 2FA to its messaging apps

Users can now add an extra layer of security to prevent others from using their iMessage or FaceTime accounts.

apps Updated: Feb 13, 2015 16:05 IST

Users can now add an extra layer of security to prevent others from using their iMessage or FaceTime accounts.

Since Apple updated its desktop operating system in 2014, consumers that own a Mac and an iPhone or iPad have been able to access their iMessages or make video calls across all of their devices, seamlessly.

And now Apple is taking extra steps to ensure that nefarious individuals aren't able to hijack someone's FaceTime or iMessage account by logging into another device and pretending to be someone else.

Although the new feature is optional, if activated it will mean that even if another person has successfully obtained your Apple ID and password, they will also need a randomly generated PIN number from an existing device in order to access either feature on a new iPhone, iPad or Mac.

The new feature is simple to activate and instructions can be found here.