Apple has beefed up security with two-factor authentication for iMessage and FaceTime access, after having introduced it to iCloud and iTunes more than a year ago.
Two-factor authentication is a security feature that adds a second level of authentication by requiring users to enter a verification code in addition to the password to access accounts.
The two-factor authentication process will require iMessage and FaceTime users to enter an additional dynamically generated four-digit pass code, sent via a notification to user’s trusted device, on top of login and password details in order to access their accounts. The login attempt is followed by an email that provides an extra notification that the messaging and videoconferencing apps have been accessed.
Apple has also introduced a 14-character Recovery Key that can be printed and used to regain access to the account in case of theft or loss of the device.
In order to set up two-factor authentication, users will be required to go to My Apple ID, select Manage your Apple ID and sign in, next select Password and Security and then under Two-Step Verification, select Get Started and follow the onscreen instructions.
Users will be prompted for their Apple ID and app-specific password when they sign in to apps like iMessage and FaceTime for the first time, edit their contact information or sign in to an application after signing off starting this week.
You can visit Apple support page to know more about the two-step authentication.