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Apple ID Two-Factor Verification Expanded to Several New Countries

Apple has completed the rollout of two-step verification in several new countries, reports 9to5Mac. As noted on Apple's website, these new locations include Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, and Spain. Reports from at least one German user suggests Germany already had two-step verification, but lacked the verification through SMS feature, which was enabled today.

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Last May, Apple expanded its two-step verification system to several countries in North America, South America and Europe. This feature apparently was launched prematurely and disappeared shortly after it was enabled.
While it’s always possible the feature might disappear like last time, this time around things look more official with users having full SMS support through local carriers and Apple listing the new countries on its support sites. Apple also has a list of supported carriers for receiving SMS messages by country here that was just updated.
Two-step verification is an optional security feature that requires Apple users to verify their identity before making purchases or logging into their Apple ID account. This extra layer of protection requires users to enter a 4-digit verification code sent to a trusted device via Find My iPhone or SMS. Once enabled, this system replaces the standard security questions.

Apple introduced this security feature in March 2013 to users in the U.S., U.K., Australia, Ireland, and New Zealand.

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8 weeks ago
Will there be a bigger screen to activate it on?
Rating: 4 Positives
8 weeks ago

What's a 'later' of protection? It steps you up to a higher level, or what?


So you tell me that you either never made a typo in your life?

Signed: The Knig of ypTos
Rating: 3 Positives
8 weeks ago

Not to be picky, but since when there's more than two countries in North America???


...And nobody told me.


There's over 20 countries in North America! So either you were taking a nap at the back of Geography class or the teacher was just s***! :)
Rating: 2 Positives
8 weeks ago


Gimme a break :rolleyes:


It was actually a pretty frustrating problem...
Rating: 2 Positives
8 weeks ago
Finally can enable it on my Canadian accounts. :D
Rating: 2 Positives
8 weeks ago
i'm all for extra security, especially for an account that is linked to an active credit card.
Rating: 2 Positives
8 weeks ago

Not to be picky, but since when there's more than two countries in North America???


...And nobody told me.


North America spans as far south as Panama.
Rating: 1 Positives
8 weeks ago

So you tell me that you either never made a typo in your life?

Signed: The Knig of ypTos


Every time you make a typo, the errorists win.
Rating: 1 Positives
8 weeks ago

International texting seems to be surprisingly difficult. As an example, whenever I have to validate my Microsoft account I usually have to try it 2-3 times because the text often doesn't make it through. According to a local forum, number portability can be a headache. Some providers seem to always send messages to the network that originally allocated the destination phone number, instead of querying a database to find the current network.


i use google authenticator for the microsoft account.
Rating: 1 Positives
8 weeks ago

I just activated mine the other day. It's a pretty good experience, much better than the one I had with Google when I was trying an Android phone (verification text would send to the phone but I couldn't view the text).


Cool story, bro

I'm happy they finally brought it to Canada. Although I don't know why it would have been restricted by location. It's not like they had to setup licensing deals or anything.
Rating: 1 Positives

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