Newsletters
News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Click for more information, or
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
UCS Invicta: Integrated Flash
Deploy flash memory technology to
deliver peak workload performance.

Find out more>>
Mobile Tech
Gartner's #1 for endpoint backup
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
Two-Step Authentication Security Offered for Apple ID

Two-Step Authentication Security Offered for Apple ID
By Adam Dickter

Share
Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Share on Google Plus

Tech companies are increasingly responding to the need to safeguard user accounts as hackers run amok. Apple is beginning to offer two-step authentication for logging in to iTunes. Google also uses two-step authentication for its user accounts. After Twitter was hacked, the company placed a help-wanted ad seeking experts in two-factor identification.
 


It may soon be harder for bad guys to order apps, e-books, songs or old episodes of Mad Men on iTunes using your account, if you take advantage of Apple's new two-step authentication option.

Once you have turned on the feature, purchasers must first send a special code to their phone and then input that code with the purchase. If the would-be hacker or thief doesn't have your device or access to e-mail, he or she is out of luck.

'As Secure as Possible'

The option is often used by banks or credit cards, and not optionally, when someone tries to access an account from a device that has never been used before by that customer. Typically options include sending the code via automated phone call, text or e-mail. Apple ID will only send the code via the Find My iPhone feature or text message.

"Your Apple ID is the key to many important things you do with Apple, such as purchasing from the iTunes and App Stores, keeping personal information up-to-date across your devices with iCloud, and locating, locking, or wiping your devices," Apple writes on its Apple ID FAQ list. "Two-step verification is a feature you can use to keep your Apple ID as secure as possible."

In addition to blocking purchases, the two-step feature also prevents unauthorized persons from managing accounts, including changing passwords, or accessing support for Apple ID. Designated devices are set up beforehand and if they are all somehow lost, you can use a 14-digit recovery key to regain access to your account.

Tech companies are increasingly responding to the need to safeguard user accounts as hackers run amok. Google also uses two-step authentication for its user accounts. Last month, after Twitter reset the passwords of thousands of accounts it said were likely compromised, the company placed a help-wanted ad on the Jobs section of its home page seeking experts in product security specializing in two-factor identification (2FA).

A 2FA system combines a password with another obstacle, such as a security question or an image that the user must recognize. They are also routinely used by banks and credit card companies, but social media may be slow in implanting them since it slows logging in.

With Apple, perhaps the world's most prominent consumer tech company, taking a lead role in increasing authentication, others may soon follow suit.

Fingers Crossed

"Hopefully more and more companies are going to roll out similar systems in the future," said Graham Cluley, a senior consultant at Sophos International. "It makes it harder for people to crack into your account.

"By making a physical device (the mobile phone) an essential part of the verification process -- a hacker doesn't just need to know the name of your first pet, or the first album you ever bought, to unlock your passport. They will need access to your mobile phone."

If a hacker happens to be in the other side of the world in, say, China, he told us, "that makes things much trickier."
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:



Get Powerful App Acceleration with Cisco. In a world where time is money, you need to accelerate the speed at which data moves through your data center. Cisco UCS Invicta delivers powerful, easy-to-manage application acceleration for data-intensive workloads. So you can make decisions faster and outpace the competition. Learn More.


 Mobile Tech
1.   HTC One M8 Windows Phone Unveiled
2.   Verizon Tops in Mobile Networks
3.   Sprint Out with Data Guns Blazing
4.   Best Buy Leaks Moto 360 Watch Info
5.   Google Buys Contextual Image Startup


advertisement
Android 'Fake ID' Puts Millions at Risk
Users: stick to apps from Google Play.
Average Rating:
Researchers Tout Battery Breakthrough
Lithium anode could triple capacity.
Average Rating:
HTC One M8 Windows Phone Unveiled
Can be POS device for small business.
Average Rating:
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Chinese Hackers Nab Info on Millions of U.S. Patients
A group of Chinese hackers has stolen the personal information, including names and Social Security numbers, of about 4.5 million patients at hospitals operated by Community Health Systems.
 
Premier FBI Cybersquad in U.S. To Add Agents
After helping prosecutors charge Chinese army officials with stealing trade secrets from major companies and by snaring a Russian-led hacking ring, the premier FBI cyber-squad is getting a boost.
 
Apple Opens iCloud Data Center in China
Treading lightly, Apple acknowledged it has started to store encrypted iCloud personal data of some Chinese users on servers in mainland China, operated by the state-owned China Telecom.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Compression, Deduplication Come to Violin Concerto 2200
Violin Memory has announced that data deduplication and compression capabilities are now available on its Concerto 2200 solution. Typically, users will experience deduplication rates between 6:1 and 10:1.
 
Cisco Axes 6,000 Employees in Restructuring Plan
Faced with declining profits, Cisco is laying off up to 6,000 employees in the months ahead -- a whopping 8 percent of its global workforce. That's in addition to the 4,000 jobs Cisco cut last year.
 
Web Slows, Have Internet Routers Reached The Limit?
If you encountered problems connecting to the Internet on August 12, you weren't alone. Networking experts blame the wide-scale slowdown on outdated routing systems that are reaching their limits.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
HTC Debuts Windows Phone Version of One M8 Smartphone
HTC is bringing the Windows Phone mobile OS to its flagship One M8 device -- the first time any mainstream flagship smartphone has been offered with a choice of operating systems.
 
RootMetrics Ranks Verizon Tops in Mobile Networks
Verizon Wireless is the top-performing cellphone service provider, according to a new report. In the first half of 2014, Verizon led on a nationwide and state-by-state basis -- and in metro areas.
 
Sprint Comes Out with Data Guns Blazing
As its new CEO promised, Sprint has rolled out a new aggressively competitive price plan. The shared data plans promise twice the high-speed data and at lower prices than AT&T and Verizon Wireless.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | CRM Systems | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.