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Apple upgrades security with two-step verification

This post was originally published on Mashable.

Apple has added a new level of security to iCloud and Apple ID users with two-step verification.

Much like the two-factor authentication process for services such as Gmail and Facebook, two-step-verification will require users to verify their identity when signing into their account from a new device.

Verification will be done using another device, such as a phone or tablet. For instance, if you are trying to sign into iCloud on a new computer, Apple will send a numerical code to your phone. You enter the code received on your phone into the computer, and then Apple knows it's you trying to access the account and you can proceed as planned.

The extra level of security makes it more difficult for hackers to gain access to your account. Should your password fall into the wrong hands, that person still can't sign in and access your data unless they also have your phone, where the password will be sent.

iCloud's security came into question last year when hackers gained access to a Wired reporter's account and remotely wiped his iPhone, iPad, and MacBook Air in a matter of minutes. In that particular instance, Apple tech support gave the hacker access to the reporter's account. Apple has since adjusted security measures to prevent a similar situation from happening again.

Two-step verification is currently available for accounts in Australia, New Zealand, Britain, Ireland and the US. You can sign up for two-step verification on your Apple account now at Apple's website.

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