In their latest betas for iOS 10.3 and MacOS Sierra, Apple has started encouraging users to eTwo-FactorFactor Authentication on their devices. While this might come across as a pushy move at first, we strongly agree with Apple on this and feel that you should definitely act on this advice.
What is Two Factor Authentication?
According to Apple’s own description —
“Two-factor authentication is an extra layer of security for your Apple ID designed to ensure that you’re the only person who can access your account, even if someone knows your password.”
Public Beta users for iOS and MacOS both have been reporting about this security notification since last week or so. It’s a pop-up notification, and when you swipe on it, it takes your into the Settings panel.
“If you swipe on the notification, you’re taken to a screen in the Settings app that explains what two-factor authentication is and how to enable it for maximum security. Additionally, there’s an option to learn more which brings up a longer explanation of the processor.” (Source)
Over the years, there have been repeated cases of data leaks from the secured servers of many of the prominent IT firms, including Apple. Therefore, the growing concern regarding cyber security and online privacy is well justified.
Yes, Apple’s notifications may seem a little spammy at first, but it’s only for our good, and we should definitely heed to them. After all, when it comes to online security, one can’t be too careful!
Screenshots from 9to5Mac.