Can Apple Make its Devices Hack-Proof?
Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) appears to have heard its users and finally introduced an additional security step for its Apple ID accounts that tie into services such as iCloud and iTunes. Users will now have to go through a two-step verification process for making changes to their accounts. The company will roll out the feature starting Thursday through the Apple ID website.
Once extra verification is activated, the user will receive a verification code on their iPhone or iPad. The iOS lock screen will then display the notification that users must “unlock to view your verification code.”
“Apple takes customer privacy very seriously, and two-step verification is an even more robust process to ensure our user’s data remains protected,” an Apple spokesperson told CNET. “We are now offering our users the choice to take advantage of this additional layer of security.”
The company already lets users use a recovery key in case their device is lost or stolen. It also introduced a system to have users set up security questions for their Apple ID accounts last year. Recently, Apple was the target of an attack that used Java to gain access to its internal corporate systems. The company said no information was compromised, and released a patch to block future attacks.
Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) added two-step verification in 2011, while others, including Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), Yahoo (NASDAQ:YHOO), PayPal (NASDAQ:EBAY), and Dropbox have had it for a while.