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This great feature is coming to your iPhone and iPad with iOS 10.3

iOS 10.3
This great feature is coming to your iPhone and iPad with iOS 10.3
In the recent report, beta users of Apple iOS 10.3 are reporting that they’re receiving push notifications from Apple to enable two-factor authentication (2FA) for their Apple IDs, which is used on Apple devices (like iPads, iPhones, and Macs) to synchronize and share iCloud user data.

Apple’s 2FA provides an extra layer of security for iCloud data as well as for devices registered to an Apple ID, and it seems with iOS 10.3 that Apple is taking stronger measures to encourage its users to enable this feature.

Two-factor authentication isn’t new on iDevices, as it has been available for well over a year since iOS9 and OS X El Capitan – notably, the feature became available first for iCloud after a spate of celebrity iCloud hacking incidents, and then more broadly to secure Apple devices soon after.

It’s a little more persistent than typical notifications. When it appears on the lock screen, it doesn’t go away when the user unlocks the device, and they have to manually exit out of the notification to make it disappear. There is also a warning at the top of the Settings app that asks users to turn on iCloud two-factor authentication if they haven’t already done so.

“Two-factor authentication is a growing trend and is something that most users — especially business users — should be enabling these days,” said Jack Gold, principal analyst and founder of J. Gold Associates, a mobile analyst firm in Northborough, Mass. “It’s too easy to lose your identity and passwords.”

Here’s how you can enable 2FA on your iPhone right now (if you are running iOS 9 or later): 
  • Tap the “Settings” app
  • Scroll down and tap “iCloud” (assuming you are logged in with your Apple iCloud ID already)
  • Tap your Apple ID, which will appear at the top of the screen
  • On the next screen, tap “Password & Security”
  • In the middle of the screen, you will see “Two-Factor Authentication,” likely already set to “Off.” Tap “Turn on Two-Factor Authentication” and follow the prompts to set up 2FA for your device. You may be asked to verify your identity by answering security questions and confirming the credit card details you have on file tied to your Apple ID.

Note: If you do not have a passcode set up on your mobile device, you will be prompted to create one before you can enable 2FA.

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