The protection of users’ accounts is very important part of Apple’s policy. To make the whole process much better, they presented a new change. As some of our readers know, the two-factor authentication or 2FA is a method to protect our online accounts. Users always set up passwords and receive tokens to confirm themselves, when they use Apple devices.
Apple has its original two-step system, including the unique IDs for every iOS device. In order to get the access, users received codes to their devices and SMS. Now, Apple made a further step towards its protection system with a keychain access. The 2FA method works through iOS and macOS. It is still better to use in comparison to the standard passwords. To see how it works now, there is a small review how Apple converted users’ accounts to be under 2FA method with iOS 11 or High Sierra.
How does 2FA work?
- Recovery Key is no longer your option, however, there are many users who would like to use it. The Apple’s recovery process of your account is something you will deal with now. In case, you lost or forgot passwords, you are able to contact Apple to make this recovery process. It may take some time, but you have to prove your identity in order to use your devices again.
- Apple ID is now the main thing that helps you to save in-app passwords, contacts or other features. The single-use passwords became a mandatory option for all users to bypass the authentication process on any device.
- By logging in, Apple’s system can determine whether you are using the trusted device or a trusted browser. In this case, you will see a popup notification with locations, where your trusted devices were connected to your iCloud account. All you need to tap “Allow” on the location, and then you will receive a special six-digit code to enter it in the applications or devices after the request.
- Sometimes you may face some issues by requesting such code. There is a backup option made by Apple to send you a text message or provide you with this code by automatic voice system call.
- For users who use old devices, without 2FA support, there is an option to log in to an Apple ID account with your main password plus a six-digit additional code to your pass.
- If you still did not get a mentioned six-digit code, do not be sad. You can use an alternative way. Go to Settings > Account Name > Password & Security and select Get verification code.
All users, who went through this new process will use a Recovery Key given by Apple. To upgrade your account’s protection for 2FA, you will go through the recovery process we have mentioned above.
Users can get a recovery key, but it is better to keep it safe in order to recover your accounts in the future. These recovery keys may be re-enabled, however, the chances to get help from Apple are low, especially if you forgot or lost your passwords.