Apple will soon be requiring everyone with two-step verification (2SV) to jump on the two-factor authentication (2FA) bandwagon. According to MacRumors, Apple ID users with two-step verification enabled have started getting emails that, when they install iOS 11 or macOS High Sierra, they will be automatically updated to two-factor authentication.
The email reads:
Apple recently announced that it now requires all third-party apps that use iCloud to use app-specific passwords, which in turn requires two-factor authentication.
The main difference between the two methods of additional log in security is that 2FA sends a verification code to all registered trusted devices automatically, while 2SV manually asks you to send a code to a trusted device. 2FA also shows you approximately where the requested sign-in is taking place (though location is not always very accurate. I get a location notification that is 88 miles from my house).
For more information about 2SV and 2FA, check out our guide.
○ How to use two-factor authentication
○ How to protect your data from being hacked
○ How to quickly temporarily disable Face ID
○ Best practices for staying safe on social media
○ Best VPN services
○ How to lock down your data on iPhone and iPad
○ Best ways to increase iPhone and iPad security
○ How to back up your iPhone, iPad, and Mac
○ Differential privacy — Everything you need to know!
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