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Apple extends two-factor authentication to more countries

  • AFP
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  • Updated: May 13, 2013 06:15 IST

An extra layer of security protection is coming to Apple users in Canada, Argentina, Russia, Mexico, Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, Brazil, Belgium, Portugal, Italy and Poland.


Good news for more Apple customers, the company appears to be moving ahead rapidly with its plans to introduce two-factor authentication to its web services.

Initially rolled out to consumers with an Apple ID in the US, UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand in March as a means of providing extra protection against hackers and indentity theft, two-factor authentication requires users to enter a unique code as well as a password when accessing their online account.

The unique code is sent via SMS message to the user's registered mobile phone. This extra layer of protection means that even if a hacker obtains a user's password, without that user's phone and the randomly generated code stored on it, the account is safe as the password alone is useless.

The system will replace the current system that prompts users to answer security questions when logging in from an unfamiliar IP address or when claiming to have lost their passwords.

Two-factor authentication is not foolproof but it is one of the simplest and most effective methods of protecting internet users from security breaches.

 

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