Apple users can now protect their accounts with physical security keys.
Security keys — small external devices that look like thumb drives or tags — add protection against phishing attacks and social engineering scams, and verify when you sign in with your Apple ID using two-factor authentication, according to the tech giant. can be used for
A security key replaces the 6-digit verification code typically used for two-factor authentication.
“By using a physical key instead of a six-digit code, a security key strengthens the two-factor authentication process and helps prevent the second authentication factor from being intercepted or claimed by an attacker,” Apple said. said.
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However, there is a twist. Users can be permanently locked out of their Apple account if they lose all their trusted devices and security keys.
At a minimum, you need a FIDO® Certified* security key that works on regularly used Apple devices, and iOS 16.3, iPadOS 16.3, or macOS Ventura 13.2 or later on all signed-in devices. with your Apple ID.
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A modern web browser is also required, according to Apple, and you’ll also need an iPhone or iPad with a software version that supports Security Keys to sign in to your Apple Watch, Apple TV, or HomePod.
If you use a security key, you can sign in with your Apple ID on new devices or the web, reset your Apple ID password, unlock your Apple ID, add a security key, or unlock your security key. or delete, you need a trusted device or security key.
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“Keep your security keys in a safe place and consider keeping your security keys in multiple locations. For example, keep one key at home and one at work. recommends leaving one key behind and using your security key at home,” advises Apple.
Apple first announced security keys for Apple IDs and two other advanced security features in December.