In its bid to prevent unauthorized access to accounts, Apple has announced an addition of two-step verification. This is regardless of entering the username and password by users.
Apple’s new log-in process is for its iMessage and FaceTime digital communications services. This according to the company will further improve the security around those services and also make it difficult for hackers to hijack users’ accounts.
This addition also means that unauthorized people will not be able to access your accounts even if they know what your password is. The company has been improving the security of its Internet products since 2014 after breaching of iCloud accounts, which belonged to celebrities by hackers.
Single-step process of entering a username and associated password to access accounts has always been the usual thing when using online services. Also known as two-factor verification; the two-step verification process provides a layer of security, which requires users to prove their identity by providing a second form of authentication in addition to a password in order to access accounts.
Users of several online services, Google in particular are sometimes required to enter some verification codes sent by text or email in order to access their accounts. This usually acts as a second-factor each time they attempt to log in to a device not associated with a particular account belonging to them. This method also ensures that unauthorized persons are not granted access to your account as the four-digit generated code is usually sent to a mobile or email address registered with an account.
Critics have however, come down hard on the process, claiming that the two-step verification process is not entirely watertight as it usually required the use of a USB token, phone or other device that can be misplaced by the owner at any time. Accounts can also become vulnerable when someone who has the device knows your online password.
However, this is not the first time the company will be adding a two-step authentication process. In 2013, Apple introduced two-step verification for its Apple ID account, which enables users to make purchases from iTunes and the Apple Store and also make changes to details of their accounts.
The changes introduced by Apple are coming on the heels of release of several private and nude pictures of celebs, which hackers nicked from the popular Apple iCloud accounts towards the end of last year. This sparked off a lot of criticism around the world.