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.

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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

androiphone Avatar
128 months ago
Why don't they also support the Authenticator Apps like Google, Microsoft, Dropbox, Facebook, and a multitude of other sites support.

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.
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bushido Avatar
128 months ago
oh dear dont let my family find this option. they have enough problems with remembering logins as it is ^^ "for example:

whats an apple id?" MY PASSWORD DOESNT WORK!!! - did u enter your gmail email login again? YES WHY NOT
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Oletros Avatar
127 months ago
Please, Apple, use an standard system not tied to SMS on compatible carriers


I don't need or want two step verification. This is mainly because people are too damn forgetful, and don't keep records of this information. My account has never been hacked and never will be because I don't keep payment info on my account. The people that fall foul of these "phishing" scams deserve to be swindled.
Still talking nonsense?
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Black Magic Avatar
128 months ago
And it's so easy to use. I am amazed how many people say it's an inconvenient to them.
I hope iCloud.com gets this soon too as well.

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.
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Primejimbo Avatar
128 months ago
Two Step Verification is for your Apple ID which in turn is linked to your digital purchases and credit card if you have one associated.

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.
And it's so easy to use. I am amazed how many people say it's an inconvenient to them.
I hope iCloud.com gets this soon too as well.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Black Magic Avatar
128 months ago


Well if people are crazy enough leave their credit card details locked to their account on the hope its not compromised, that is their stupidity. Digital purchases are linked to you Apple ID email address, not the credit card itself.
Two Step Verification is for your Apple ID which in turn is linked to your digital purchases and credit card if you have one associated.

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.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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