Apple has allowed its customers to set up two-factor authentication for their Apple ID.  Two-factor authentication is an extra layer of security for your accounts that is designed to ensure that someone else simply knowing your password is not enough to gain access to your account.  Pitt employees should be very familiar with this as the login process for my.pitt.edu uses dual authentication.  This article’s intention is to explain how Apple’s two-factor authentication works, how to set it up, and how to manage your account it’s set up.

How it works

Your Apple ID can only be accessed on devices you trust and trusted phone numbers.  A trusted device is an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 9 and later, as well as a Mac with OS X El Capitan and later that you’ve already signed in to using two-factor authentication.  This will make the device known and can be used to verify your identity by displaying a verification code from Apple when you sign in from a different device or browser.  A trusted phone number is a number that can be used to receive verification codes by text message or automated phone call.  You must verify at least one trusted phone number to enroll in two-factor authentication.

When you sign into a new, trusted device for the first time, you will need to provide two pieces of information.  The two pieces of information are your password and the six-digit verification code that’s automatically displayed on your trusted devices.  The verification code is a temporary code sent to the trusted device when you sign in to a new device or browser with your Apple ID.  Entering the code verifies that you trust the new device.

For example, if you already have an iPhone and are signing in to your Apple ID for the first time on a newly purchased Mac, you will be prompted to enter your password as well as the verification code that’s automatically displayed on your iPhone.  This means that if someone was trying to access your Apple ID, they would need to know your password and physically obtain the device you registered as trusted.

A few things to note from the example provided above.  Once you signed into your newly purchased Mac, you will not be asked for a verification code on the device again unless you sign out completely, erase the device, or need to change your password for security reasons.  If you sign in on the web, you have the ability to choose to trust your browser, so you will not be asked for a verification code the next time you sign in from that computer.

How to set up two-factor authentication for your Apple ID

An important thing to note before we get into setting up two-factor authentication, once it is on, it can only be turned off within the first two weeks of enrollment.  To turn on two-factor authentication on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, follow the steps below.

Turn on two-factor authentication

If you are using iOS 10.3 or later:

  1.  Go to Settings.
  2.  Tap <your name>.
  3.  Tap Password & Security.
  4.  Tap Turn On Two-Factor Authentication.
  5.  Tap Continue.

If you are using iOS 10.2 or earlier:

  1.  Go to Settings.
  2.  Tap iCloud.
  3.  Tap <your Apple ID>.
  4.  Tap Password & Security.
  5.  Tap Turn On Two-Factor Authentication.
  6.  Tap Continue.

Enter and verify your trusted phone number

  1.  Enter the phone number where you want to receive verification codes when you sign in.
  2.  Choose to receive the codes via text message or automated phone call.
  3.  Tap Next.
  4.  A verification code will be sent to the phone number you provided.
  5.  Enter the verification code to verify your phone number and turn on two-factor authentication.

How to manage your two-factor authentication account

You are able to manage your trusted phone numbers, trusted devices, and other related account information from your Apple ID account page. To view and manage your trusted devices follow the steps below.

  1.  Go to your Apple ID account page.
  2.  Sign in with your Apple ID.
  3.  Go to the Devices section.

The device list that will appear shows the devices that you are currently signed in to with your Apple ID.  On this screen, you can view the model, serial number, and other useful information such as whether or not the device is trusted.  You are also able to remove a trusted device from this page.

For more information about Apple ID Two-Factor Authentication, please submit a ticket through the FIS portal.

 

 

 

 

 


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