Apple today expanded its two-step verification feature for Apple IDs to 48 additional countries, bringing the total number of countries able to access two-step authentication to 59.
Initially noticed by 9to5Mac new countries receiving the feature include China, France, India, Japan, Korea, South Africa, Thailand, Switzerland, and many more across Asia, South America, and Europe.
First launched in March of 2013, two-step verification is designed to provide Apple users with an extra layer of protection through the use of a trusted device and a security code for their Apple IDs. Two-step verification was initially limited to users in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland, and New Zealand, and expanded to several additional countries later in 2013.
Two-step verification may also be applied to iCloud.com in the future, in addition to Apple IDs. Apple's two-step verification support page has a full list of countries that are able to access the feature.
Top Rated Comments
Only sending the code via SMS seems incredibly backwards and only ends up limiting it's effectiveness, you can't receive it when outside mobile coverage for example, and most importantly having the option of using the Authenticator App does not prevent them from using the SMS method at all.
Basically they should just plain straight up copy the Google 2 step verification system, get it into the hands of whoever wants it with no barrier to entry, with a robust offline generator.
This is for security it shouldn't be artificially handicapped.
whats an apple id?" MY PASSWORD DOESNT WORK!!! - did u enter your gmail email login again? YES WHY NOT
Still talking nonsense?
Agreed. If it's set up right, you won't notice it's there unless your account is hacked or you log into a new system that isn't one of your trusted devices.
I hope iCloud.com gets this soon too as well.
I suggest you actually use it before making uninformed narrow minded opinions about something you clearly don't understand. GMAIL, Outlook.com, and Yahoo all have two step verification as well.
Why someone would bitch about a FREE security feature that makes it really hard to hack your account is beyond me? Me personally, I want it standard across all accounts on all platforms and services.