Apple Protects iMessage, FaceTime With 2-Step Authentication

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Apple prioritizes security for users, so it has announced a two-step authentication feature for iMessage and FaceTime

Apple’s new features were designed to verify the user and protect their identity. The process could include a password and mobile phone verification. Apple already added a two-step verification feature for iCloud and iTunes about two years ago. FaceTime and iMessage users will have to register their trusted device. Once the user attempts to log in, a four-digit verification code will be sent to the registered device through SMS or the Find My iPhone app.

A look at how the 2-step verification works

Users will have to apply the verification code and password to access the apps. Apple explained on its official support page that the two-step verification system simplifies everything. Users won’t need to set up security questions they will never remember. Instead, the user’s identity is verified through a password and special code.

That’s not all; Apple will also send users a 14-character recovery key that can be printed and kept just in case. Apple knows the importance of protecting customers from hackers. Late last year, the Cupertino tech giant made headlines after a major iCloud hack affected young celebrities.

Starbucks app now supports Apple Pay

In other Apple-related news, the official Starbucks iOS app was recently updated to include Apple Pay support. The new update includes an improved menu with more calorie information, bug fixes and stability fixes. Starbucks was listed as a partner when Apple unveiled its new payment system late last year. The feature was used to reload cards at the time. The Starbucks app had its barcode scanner, which iPhone users could use when making purchases at the chain. It still isn’t confirmed whether Starbucks will use NFC technology that works with Apple Pay at its coffee shops.

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