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How to Enable Two-Step Verification for Your Apple ID

How to Enable Two-Step Verification for Your Apple ID

If you’re looking for a way to secure your Apple ID against hijacking and password theft, enabling Apple’s new two-step authentication is a huge step in the right direction. This adds a second layer of protection on top of your password, ensuring that only you are able to make purchases or modify information in your Apple account.

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Enabling two-step verification is fairly easy – just follow the steps below!

Go to the Apple ID page on Apple’s website, click “Manage your Apple ID,” and log into the system.

From the left sidebar, select “Passwords and Security,” then select the Two-Step Verification option, and answer the security questions.

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Screen Shot 2013-03-22 at 2.16.56 PMNear the top of the page, click the “Two-Step Verification” option, and click “Get Started.”

Now, just follow the on-screen instructions, keeping in mind Apple’s important warning:

Once enabled, the only way to make changes to your account will be to sign in with two-step verification.

There will be no security questions for you to remember or for other people to guess.

Only you will be able to reset your password.

If you forget your password, you can reset it with a trusted device and your Recovery Key.

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Completing the process involves verifying all of your iOS devices as “trusted devices” in your account. Apple will send a code to each of your devices. Simply confirm that code on Apple’s website. Near the end of the process, you’ll be presented with a recovery key. It’s highly recommended that you print this and/or store it in a secure place, in case you need to use it to access your account in the future.

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Finally, click the Enable two-step verification button to complete the process. That’s all there is to it! Enjoy – and stay safe out there! For more information on two-step verification, visit this Apple provided FAQ.

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