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How to set up two-step verification for your Apple ID

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Apple has extended its two-step verification process to other Apple ID features like iMessage and FaceTime to provide additional security for your account.

Two-step verification was first introduced in 2013 and is designed to prevent anyone else accessing or using your account even if they know your password.

This requires users to verify their identity using one of their devices or another approved method before you sign in to your Apple ID to manage your account.

The second step of the verification involves Apple sending you a verification code to one of your trusted devices.

Now signing in to iMessage and FaceTime can be protected with this two-step verification in the same they would be making a purchase on iTunes, the App Store and the iBook store on a new device.

Users will be prompted for an app-specific password when they sign in to iMessage or FaceTime and when they edit their iMessage and FaceTime contact information.

Having app-specific passwords allow users to sign in to their account securely when using apps that don’t natively support two-step verification using a verification code.

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Here’s how you can set up two-step verification for your Apple ID:

1. Go to My Apple ID page

2. Select Manage your Apple ID and sign in

3. Select Password and Security

4. Under Two-Step Verification and select Get Started and follow the instructions.

Complete instructions can be found here.

Here’s how to set up app-specific passwords:

1. Go to My Apple ID page

2. Select Manage your Apple ID and sign in

3. Select Password and Security

4. Click Generate an App-Specific Password and follow the steps.

Complete instructions can be found here.