Apple Adds Two-Factor Authentication To Apple ID

Apple now uses two-factor authentication (2FA) for its Apple IDs.

This comes several months after reporter Matt Honan had his Apple ID password changed and his digital life all but ruined. Gogin forward it will be hard for someone other than the account owner to make such changes over the phone or on line.

2FA typically involves "out of band" communication with the account owner. In this case, if you want to reset your account password, Apple will send an SMS to a predetermined mobile number. You must then complete the online password change request by supplying the string of digits sent to your phone.

Google has been using this for years, and lately banks have adopted the practice as well.