Following on from the recent security breaches of celebrity iCloud accounts which leaked a variety of compromising photographs and information about a number of celebrities.
Apple has today enabled iCloud 2 step authentication following other online cloud services such as Google, Dropbox, Evernote and similar who have already enabled additional 2 step authentication security for their customers to keep their data even safer.
Apple has explained today that iCloud customers will be required to generate app-specific passwords will be required starting on October 1st 2014.
– Two-step verification now protects iCloud
Starting today, in addition to protecting your Apple ID account information, two-step verification also protects all of the data you store and keep up to date with iCloud.
– Sign in securely with app-specific passwords
If you use iCloud with any third party apps such as Microsoft Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird or BusyCal, you can now create app-specific passwords that let you sign in securely even if the app you are using does not support two-step verification.
To generate an app-specific password:
• Sign in to My Apple ID (https://appleid.apple.com)
• Go to Password & Security
• Click Generate App-Specific Password
For more information on the new iCloud 2 step authentication jump over to the Apple website for details and a full FAQ.
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