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Apple Expanding Two-Step Verification to iCloud.com

Apple appears to be testing its two-factor authentication system on some iCloud.com accounts, asking for a verification code before allowing users with two-factor verification enabled to access various iCloud.com apps.

First noticed by AppleInsider, the two-factor verification system for iCloud.com requires users to enter a verification code sent via SMS or to a trusted iOS device before the iCloud.com versions of Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Reminders, Pages, Numbers, and Keynote can be used.

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Previously, accessing these apps only required an Apple ID password, but now "Find My iPhone" is the only app that remains accessible without a two-factor verification code. Computers used to access iCloud.com have a "Remember This Browser" option, requiring a verification code to be entered only once.

Originally implemented back in March of 2013, two-factor verification is an opt-in system designed to increase Apple ID account security by requiring identity verification before allowing users to make account changes or purchase content on new devices. It replaces standard security questions with a security code delivered to a trusted device.

At this time, it is unknown if Apple is simply testing the feature with some users or working on a wider rollout for all iCloud.com users with two-factor verification enabled.

Update 3:30 PM PT: Apple appears to have disabled two-factor verification for some iCloud.com accounts that previously had access to the feature, suggesting it may have seen an accidental early launch.

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8 weeks ago
the more secure, the better
Rating: 5 Votes
8 weeks ago
How on earth am i going to use this is school. Our school uses a cart of windows laptops and we have separate computer rooms. And obviously since I'm in school i can't use my phone... What am i going to do? Will there be an option to turn this off? I physically can't use word or powerpoint in school any more, it's too much of a headache, i really need access to iCloud. Oh god.
Rating: 2 Votes
8 weeks ago
I can hardly remember my password let alone the secert question haha.
Rating: 2 Votes
8 weeks ago
I hope it's optional. I often use icloud to email things to myself to print at my college. Not interested in have to do this every time I need to print something.
Rating: 2 Votes
8 weeks ago

"Computers used to access iCloud.com have a "Remember This Browser" option, requiring a verification code to be entered only once."

Surely this means you can login at home, tick the box and you won't be asked for a code again so you can continue using iCloud at school?


I think the OP's point is that their school uses a series of computers on carts, and they won't necessarily have access to the same computer every time. Also, many schools like this clear browser history automatically on logout.
Rating: 2 Votes
8 weeks ago

You do understand that clicking "remember this computer" is exactly the same as not using it at all, right?

And you're criticizing others for not using it when that's your plan too?


This is my home computer, how is that the same not using it at all? It's just remembering that one computer, not all computers. There is also an option to log off all computers through iCloud.com. So I can go on another computer and log off if needed.
With iCloud.com, it's also the browsers too that it's saving. So you log on safari with it, it won't save it from Chrome.

If my house gets broken into, I doubt they are breaking in to go on my computer and read my email :rolleyes:
Rating: 2 Votes
8 weeks ago
Stupid stupid stupid. If I have my IOS device with me why would I log into icloud? So were creating a system that only works when you don't need it?
Rating: 2 Votes
8 weeks ago

If Apple is serious about this, they HAVE to include the countries currently NOT able to be SMSed.

I live in Greenland, and we cannot pick our coutry code (+299) in the pull-down list, for two-step authentication, or for SMS key in iCloud KeyChain syncing.

It is a disgrace!



Apple should just go with the Google Authenticator. I have my dropbox, google, and bunch other two-factor authorization code in there. Very useful. No SMS, or needing a signal.
Rating: 1 Votes
8 weeks ago

Stupid stupid stupid. If I have my IOS device with me why would I log into icloud? So were creating a system that only works when you don't need it?


Really? Just because you don't need it, so no one does? I go on a computer to type a log email, because it's so much easier.

Two-step verification is a pain in the butt and a waste of time. This is a very bad solution that creates more problems. Apple needs to completely rethink the problem and come up with something that stops hackers without inconveniencing valid users. Especially having banks accounts connected to emails, family/friends email and their contact info. Don't you want that stuff protected?

Me, I avoid the cloud.


Then don't use it. I use 2 step verification on anything that offers it. Dropbox, outlook, Facebook, and others. All or takes is one hacking, and you have a lot to fix.
Everyone makes a big deal how it's an innocence, and it's not. My home computer I log on once, click "remember this computer" and that's all. On my home computer, I don't have to do it again, how is that a big deal? Don't you want you stuff protected as much as possible?
Rating: 1 Votes
8 weeks ago

Stupid stupid stupid. If I have my IOS device with me why would I log into icloud? So were creating a system that only works when you don't need it?


Really? You can't think of any reasons that, even if you have your iPhone and/or iPad with you, that you might want to use a desktop or laptop computer instead?
Rating: 1 Votes

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