After a widely reported hack, Apple stepped up security measures for iCloud, with a more widespread iCloud integration. In addition to iCloud, Apple is also rolling out their two-step verification feature for iMessage and FaceTime today, which is available to anyone who has the feature active on their Apple ID. Now when you configure a new device to use FaceTime and/or iMessage, you’ll have to enter a verification code in iCloud so Apple knows you’re who you say you are.
If you’ve already got FaceTime or iMessage configured, there’s nothing you’ll need to do. If you sign-out, or activate a new device and try to use the services, the two-step authentication will pop up. With FaceTime, Apple asks that you log in via the iCloud portal and create an app-specific password to get access.
The benefit to setting up two-factor authorization is that it prevents someone who isn’t you from accessing your account should they have your Apple ID and password on-hand. Apple also notifies you when someone (you or not) tries to access your account via a new device.
With two-factor, you’d have to be logged in, with both devices handy, and ready to enter temporary PIN codes as needed.
If you’ve been concerned that iMessage and FaceTime weren’t secure enough, Apple jut gave you a little peace of mind.
Via: The Guardian