Better to be safe than sorry, right?
As the old, yet wise, saying goes, safety first! And when it comes to your mobile, staying safe is crucial.
Our mobiles hold all the things we love. Our social media details, our photos, our email accounts, probably even our bank details.
As hard as we try, hackers are conjuring up new ways to get into our accounts. Be that through email, text message or other fancy hacker tricks.
Apple’s new two factor authentication is a way of keeping your data safe and it’s available to you right now.
iOS 15 users can enjoy the luxury of this service with their iCloud Keychain. For those of you unfamiliar with iCloud Keychain, it’s a handy Apple feature that keeps your passwords and other secure information updated across your devices.
It works by remembering bits and bobs, so you don’t have to and will auto-fill your information for you when you log into various accounts.
Whether you’re using your iPhone, iPad or Mac, this authentication process is a free way of staying secure when using your Apple devices.
It’s worth noting that this built-in authentication process is different to your Apple ID’s two-factor authentication settings.
Instead of sending a code to one of your pre-setup, trusted Apple devices, this method is for third-party services that usually require an authenticator app.
Here’s a handy guide on all things two-factor authentication, how to set it up and why you should be using it.
Let’s get started.
It’s important to choose which apps you want to set two-factor authentication up for. Whether you’re looking to protect an email account or one of your social media accounts, it will need to be added to your iCloud Keychain.
To do this, you’ll want to open whatever app you’re using and navigate your way to the passwords section.
There will be a two-factor authentication option and you should choose the option that allows you to set up this two-factor authentication on the device you’re using.
This will redirect you to the iCloud Passwords section of your iPhone, which you will then be asked to authenticate using a one-time password.
To help you get started, we’ll show you how it works with Facebook.
1) Open up your Facebook app.
2) Select the menu button.
3) Head to Settings and Privacy and then press settings.
4) Tap on Password and Security.
5) Choose the use two-factor authentication option.
6) Select authentication app and tap continue.
7) Choose set up on same device.
This will take you to Passwords section in your iPhone settings. Choose the Facebook account you want to set up the two-factor authentication for and await for the verification code to appear.
Copy and paste this code into the Facebook app and voila, two-factor authentication is set up!
You can follow this process on your other apps and various sites that you use daily. This will add an additional layer of security to your accounts, making it more difficult for attackers to get to your information.
Even if the hackers work out your carefully constructed password, having that password alone is not enough to pass the authentication check – they’d need your iPhone too.
An Apple a day, keeps the hackers away!
This handy two-factor authentication is a way of protecting your accounts against those trying to hack it. The best bit? It’s super-easy and completely free.
To get started, all you need is an iPhone, iPad or Mac that’s running iOS 15. In the market for a new iPhone and eager to get started? You’re in luck.