Apple adds two-step authentication to iMessage and FaceTime

Apple has enabled two-step verification for its FaceTime and iMessage services, The Guardian reported on Thursday. The move will force users who have the authentication system enabled to input an app-specific password when logging into either of the two services.
Two-step authentication has become a standard for many individuals securing their accounts, so much so that even the iCloud website gained the ability to add the extra security step in mid-2014.

Apple first enabled two-step verification for its Apple ID accounts in early 2013, and last fall it expanded it to cover web iCloud logins. Today’s move comes a few days after a Medium post criticizing the limitations of Apple’s two-step implementation went viral among techies.

Following the major nude celebrity photo leak last fall, Tim Cook said that Apple would be doubling down on iCloud security. He pledged that Apple would roll out new security measures, and that it’d do a much better job of educating users about two-factor authentication.


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