Apple's two-step ID verification expands to more countries

More than a dozen new countries now have access to a stringent security measure designed to keep Apple IDs safe.

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Apple expanded the reach of one of its strongest security features to more users this week, following a limited rollout earlier this year .

Apple's two-step verification for its Apple ID account system is now in more than a dozen additional countries beyond the five it launched with in late March, 9to5Mac reports. Some of those newer countries include Canada, Mexico, Russia, and Italy.

The system sends a four-digit passcode by text message to a user's phone and must be used on top of a regular password. In practice, this could keep an account from being compromised by an attacker, unless that person had access to the mobile device too.

Apple is one of several technology companies that uses the feature, a group that includes Google, Facebook, Yahoo, PayPal, and Dropbox. Its arrival came a little less than a year after Apple required users to set up security questions for their online accounts, a common security measure that is removed once two-step verification is enabled.

CNET has contacted Apple for a full list of countries that will get the feature. We will update this post when we know more.

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Josh Lowensohn joined CNET in 2006 and now covers Apple. Before that, Josh wrote about everything from new Web start-ups, to remote-controlled robots that watch your house. Prior to joining CNET, Josh covered breaking video game news, as well as reviewing game software. His current console favorite is the Xbox 360.

 

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