Protecting your Apple ID is necessary because it is related to many other things, such as your iCloud account, your email (@icloud.com), Contacts, iMessage, Find My iPhone and much more.
However, using a strong password isn’t enough to protect your Apple ID 100%. Sometimes, someone can steal your password somehow. Therefore, the best way to protect your Apple ID is that enable two-factor authentication.
It is a 2nd security layer that helps to protect your Apple ID. When you access your Apple ID, it will send you a private code through SMS or your device, depends on your selection. Then use this code to verify yourself and access your Apple ID account.
How To Enable Two-Factor Authentication For Apple ID Account
To enable two-factor authentication, go to https://appleid.apple.com and fill in your Apple ID and password to access your account.
In the next step, click on the “Edit” link in Security section. Apple will ask you to provide answers for two questions in order to verify yourself.
After confirmed, click on the “Get Started” link and then “Continue” to enable two-factor authentication on your Apple ID account.
Next, Apple will ask you to add a trusted phone number, which will use to receive private codes through SMS.
A code will be sent to your added phone number to verify that you own it.
After verified your phone number, it will show you a recovery key. Write it down and keep it in a safe place.
This private “recovery key” can use to get your Apple ID back when you forgot your password and lost your phone that can’t receive the verification code through SMS, as well as via trusted device – your iPhone.
In the next step, you have to re-enter your recovery key to confirm that you have noticed it.
Lastly, tick the “I understand the conditions above” checkbox and then click on “Enable Two-Step Verification” link.
Congratulation, two-factor authentication is now enabled on your Apple ID account.
Every time you log into your Apple ID account, you need to provide a private code, which will be generated and sent to your phone number via SMS or your iPhone through a push service. You will be no longer access your Apple ID account until Apple verifies the private code.
Note: To use your phone as a trusted device, you have to log in your Apple ID (iCloud) on your iPhone and then enable Find My iPhone.
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