Apple recently joined the list of companies offering two-factor authentications for user accounts. At the time of launch, though, the feature was limited in its reach to US, UK, Australia, Ireland and New Zealand.
Now 9to5mac reports that Apple has added more countries to its fold, which include Mexico, Germany Netherlands, Russia, Austria, Brazil, Belgium, Portugal, Italy and Poland. Word is that users in Canada too have received access to this feature. “..while we’ve also received tips from users in Argentina & Pakistan signalling that the feature is beginning to roll out in other countries as well“, the report added further.
The two-step verification process
The last time we checked, we hadn't received access to the two-step verification feature here in India. Nevertheless, Apple does mention on its page that, “Additional countries will be added over time.”
The two-factor authentication kicks in whenever you do one of the following: sign in to My Apple ID to manage your account, Make an iTunes, App Store or iBookstore purchase from a new device, or get Apple ID-related support from Apple.
Every time you do one of these things, you get a verification code on a trusted device. In Apple's terms, a trusted device is one you control and which can receive 4-digit verification codes using either Find my iPhone or SMS to verify your identity. You will need to enter both your password and a 4-digit verification to do any of the aforementioned things.
To enable two-factor authentication, you have to go to the Apple ID website, go to “Manage your Apple ID” and sign in, select “Password and Security” and select Get Started under Two-Step Verification. The on-screen instructions will guide you through the rest of the process.
You can manage your account or make purchases as usual after you sign in and verify your identity with the two-factor authentication. In case you lose access to your “Trusted Device”, you also get a 14-digit Recovery Key that you can use to log into your account. The Recovery Key also works in case you forget your password, and once you set up the two-factor authentication, you don't have to set up or remember any security questions.