In the past, hackers have claimed to have millions of iCloud passwords and demanded that Apple pay a ransom to prevent them from being used.
So, even if the Californian firm makes every effort to protect your data, events like this, although mostly rare, can occur. With all the valuable information on your iPhone these days, it’s best to make sure no one can access or reset it.
To protect your data, there is a solution put in place by Apple and called: two-factor authentication. In addition to being easy to activate, some services and features require it, as an additional security measure.
How to Enable Two-Factor Authentication on iPhone and iPad
While before you could set up two-factor authentication on the appleid.apple.com page, this must now be done on an iOS device.
On iPad, iPhone or iPod touch, the steps to perform are simple. The only condition is that your device is updated, with iOS 14.5 or iPadOS 14.5 minimum. In addition, it must be protected by a code. Next :
- Open your Settings
- Touch your Apple ID profile
Note: you must be logged in with the account you want to protect with two-factor authentication.
- Go to Password and Security.
- Activate the option Two-factor identification.
- Enter a phone number on which to receive a future code and specify whether you want to receive it by text or call.
Now that it’s enabled, the next time you sign in to iCloud.com or set up your account on a new device, you’ll need to enter your username and password first, then enter a passcode received.
How to Enable Two-Factor Authentication on Mac
Setup on a Mac requires virtually the same path to follow as on iOS or iPadOS. To illustrate this tutorial, we used macOS Big Sur 11.3.1.
- Open them System Preferences
- Click on Apple ID
- In the left column, click Password and Security
- Activate the option Two-factor identification
You may need to verify your identity by answering your security questions.
- Enter a phone number on which to receive a future code and specify whether you want to receive it by text or call
- Enter the code sent to you to complete the process
If your Mac is running macOS Mojave or an earlier operating system, here are the instructions.
- Open them System Preferences
- Select iCloud
- Click on Account details and log in if prompted
- In the tab Securitygo to Enable two-factor authentication
- Click on Continue
- Verify your identity by answering your security questions
- Enter a phone number you can use to receive verification codes, and choose whether you want to receive text messages or calls
- To finish, enter the code sent to you
What to do if your device is too old
If your Mac is using an operating system older than El Capitan or if your iOS device is not running iOS 9 or later, then you can use two-step verification.
Slightly different from two-factor authentication, it relies on sending a text message to a phone number without really being integrated seamlessly into operating systems.
Plus, it requires you to keep a recovery key in case you lose your password.