Apple has added another layer of security to iCloud in the form of two-step verification, following the high profile security attacks on its computers as well as the hacking of Wired Journalist Mat Honan’s account,
The feature, already present in popular online services Google and Dropbox, adds another verification process after a successful email, password combination is entered. This verification would rely on one of your devices, as Apple describes it:
Two-step verification will require you to verify your identity using one of your devices before you can make changes to your account or make an iTunes or App Store purchase from a new device.
You will also get a Recovery Key for safekeeping which you can use to access your account if you ever forget your password or lose your device.
The verification code will be sent either via SMS or the Find My iPhone app. The process lets you choose which of your devices do you want to assign as “trusted,” on which these codes would be sent.
9to5Mac notes that the feature is rolled out to select countries, and isn’t available world over. If you’re a resident of U.S., U.K., Ireland, Australia or New Zealand, you can set up two-step verification by heading to the Apple ID website, and clicking on the security tab.
Head over to Apple’s FAQ section for more details on the verification process.
The feature seems to be having issues right now, with the Apple ID page appearing in a weird state as shown below, but we expect Apple to resolve these errors soon:
This is of course a welcome step given the confidential information associated with iCloud accounts, but the lack of worldwide support is disappointing.
Do tell us if you were able to setup two-step verification in the comments section below.