IF YOU own an iPhone, it’s worth setting up this handy security tool.
Called two-factor authentication, the setting protects your Apple ID – the login you use to access apps, iCloud and more.
Setting up two-factor authentication (2FA) is one of the easiest ways to stop hackers in their tracks.
It protects your Apple account by requiring an extra level of verification before logging in – on top of your password.
It means that if your password has been hacked (or guessed), your account will still be safe.
You can activate 2FA on your Apple ID.
That’s the account which contain user personal information and settings, and which you need for iCloud.
Once enabled, you’ll be required to enter a special code sent via text or email, which you enter to log in addition to your password.
How to turn on 2FA on your Apple ID
- Go to Settings > [your name] > Password & Security.
- Tap Turn On Two-Factor Authentication.
- Tap Continue.
- Enter the phone number you want to receive verification codes on when you sign in. You can choose to receive the codes by text message or via an automated phone call.
- Tap Next.
- Enter the verification code to verify your phone number and turn on two-factor authentication.
What is two-factor authentication?
Two-factor authentication, also known as two-step authentication or two-step verification, is a means of protecting online accounts.
When you need to log in to a website, you put in your normal password–that’s the first “factor” used to authenticate your identity.
What websites use two-factor authentication?
Plenty of websites already use two-factor authentication.
You’ve likely encountered it on websites that may store your financial information, like online banking services or shopping websites.
If your doctor’s office has a patient portal, your medical information is probably kept safe by two-factor authentication.
Google will be requiring two-step verification for any users who log in to Gmail, Google Drive or other Google services.
A representative told the Wall Street Journal that all Google accounts will be “enrolled” in two-factor authentication before the end of 2022.
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