Apple is enhancing the security of iMessage and FaceTime, specifically with regards to the log-in process of these services, in order to prevent hackers from gaining unauthorized access to users' accounts.
Indeed, the tech giant recently revealed that they are incorporating a two-step ID verification when users access their accounts. Most online services generally require users to under a single-step ID verification process when logging in to their accounts. The standard system usually requires inputting a username and then a corresponding password. As its name suggests, two-step verification, or two-factor verification, adds another step to the verification process, thereby implementing another layer of security. Thus, apart from the usual username and password, users may be required to provide a second proof of their identities.
For many online services, like Facebook or Twitter for instance, they will send a text message containing a randomly generated four-digit number to users. This will serve as the second factor that users can input when they try to log in to their accounts.
Still, it is not a fool-proof system. Many cynics (and realists) may argue that users would still need another device (usually a smartphone) to get the second factor. And everybody knows that smartphones themselves can be hacked too. Plus, there are hackers out there who are smart or wicked enough to gain unauthorized access to your devices too.
Yet, having two layers in the verification process is still some sort of improvement over the tired username and password format. Apple certainly believes so, and the company wants its users to be more aware that such a thing exists and that it may be able to help provide extra protection for their accounts. Apple has actually already adapted the two-step verification process back in 2013 for its Apple ID account, which is used to facilitate purchasing transactions from the App Store and iTunes, as well as allow users to edit their account details or settings.
This latest development definitely highlights Apple's renewed efforts in proving to the public that their services are safe from hackers. In light of the infamous iCloud hacking incidents that transpired last year, the company indeed has very good reason to beef up its current security measures, especially on its online services.
Apple has conveniently set up an FAQ page that provides some information on how users can set up a two-step verification process in their Apple accounts. Apart from providing step-by-step details regarding setting up a two-step verification system, the FAQ page also lists the countries where the process is available.
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