Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL) has added yet another security layer in the FaceTime and iMessages by introducing two-factor authentication. Every time the users log into a new device, Apple will now ask to verify the identity with the help of a little security code received on registered mobile number. Two-factor authentication for now is only applicable to these two communication applications, however, is soon expected to be on the rest of the iCloud apps.
Apple will send a short security code or a key to the user’s registered mobile number through an SMS or via the Find My iPhone app. Every time there is new device login, users have to put this security code for access, however, this isn’t the safest way either. Researchers have shown how security loopholes can be easily exploited to bypass the two-factor authentication, whereas hackers also spoof call the user to know the code. Apple has done enough to educate and protect its users from such attacks.
Apple Inc was hit very badly over the security concerns when hackers leaked the nude photos of the celebrities. Even though it was not the fault of Cupertino giant’s security infrastructure, Apple received a massive criticism for not having the two-factor authentication.
Apple is also taking measures to ensure that only the owners are setting up the two-factor authentication setup. When signing up for it, Apple is sending emails to every registered mail they have on the server, and putting the time limitation of three days before the setup can be completed.