Apple continues to work to improve the services offered to its users. This time, has added an extra layer of security to iMessage and FaceTime , the messaging and video calling applications available in iOS and OS X, to include the ability to choose whether to use two-step verification.
A few days ago we told you how you can report and block spam messages in iMessage, something not very common but that can be annoying. Today we talked about how Apple has tightened security in this application and in FaceTime, focusing on two-step verification to prevent someone from using your account, even if they know or guess your password.
These security improvements in iMessage and FaceTime come after the controversial Celebgate , the hacker attack on the iCloud accounts of several celebrities through which they leaked compromised images and rants last fall. Apple once claimed that there was no security breach, but managed to guess the username, password or security question, adding that it would not have happened if they used two-step verification.
Apple adds two-step verification in FaceTime and iMessage
Since Cupertino’s guys introduced two-step verification they have tried to get most users to use it, as it significantly increases security. Now, they have decided to add the possibility to use it also in iMessage and FaceTime .
In the two-step verification process, the user has the possibility to register the mobile phone number he has at hand or controls . This way, when the user logs into iMessage or FaceTime, he or she will not only have to enter the Apple ID, the registered email address he or she uses with iCloud or the App Store, and the password.
Then, in case the two-step verification is activated, the user will be asked to verify his identity by entering a four-digit code that will have been sent to the phone number he previously registered. This is why it is very important to have a mobile phone that is yours and that you have at hand, otherwise you will not be able to access iMessage or FaceTime.
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On the other hand, it should be noted that you will have a 14 character recovery key which it is advisable to print out and keep in a safe place . With it, you will be able to recover access to your Apple ID account in case you lose the mobile phone registered for the verification process in two steps.
Other security enhancements in addition to iMessage and FaceTime
From ReCode they point out that in addition to having added two-step verification in iMessage and FaceTime, Apple also has other security-related configuration options in certain third-party applications. Thus, users can use their Apple ID to generate passwords for applications such as Microsoft Outlook or Mozilla Thunderbird , which do not support double verification.
This ensures that the Apple ID password is not collected or stored by any third-party application. Since Thursday, the US company has extended the two-step verification protection in iMessage and FaceTime .
What do you think of these security enhancements in iMessage and FaceTime?