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Apple Secures Users with 2-factor Authentication

Apple is advancing the state of Apple ID protection by introducing a two-step verification process.

"Turning on two-step verification reduces the possibility of someone accessing or making unauthorized changes to your account information at My Apple ID or making purchases using your account," Apple stated in a support note.

Apple's two-step verification will require users to enter a time-sensitive verification code in addition to their username/password in order to access the Apple ID services. The verification code is granted by way of a trusted device the user will need to set up to receive a four-digit code from Apple.

apple-2-factorThe code can be obtained via SMS message on a smartphone or via the "Find My iPhone" notification. "Find My iPhone" can run on Apple iOS, as well as Mac OS X and Windows PCs.

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Apple Secures Users with Two-Factor Authentication

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of the IT Business Edge Network, the network for technology professionals Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.