Apple’s Two-Step Verification Service Steps Into New Overseas Markets
Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has expanded its two-step verification security feature for digital purchases and password resets to several new countries, reports 9to5Mac. Although two-step verification has long been available in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, the U.S., and the UK, Apple recently rolled out this enhanced security feature for Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, and Spain.
Apple first introduced the two-step verification feature for some users in March of last year, soon after a security hole was discovered in the iPhone maker’s iForgot password reset page. The security hole allowed hackers to use a victim’s date of birth and Apple ID to bypass any security questions by sending a specially crafted URL directly to Apple, which would then prompt an automatic password change without requiring any further information. However, Apple quickly patched the security hole and later implemented another layer of security through the two-step verification service.
As noted by 9to5Mac, Apple also briefly activated the service for several additional countries last May. However, the initial debut of the service in those countries appeared to be a mistake and was quickly removed by Apple without explanation. Despite the cancellation, users in some of those markets reported that the service was still available, albeit without the SMS verification feature, reports MacRumors.
However, the full two-step verification service appears to be here to stay this time, based on the new support pages for some of the newly added countries. Apple has listed the countries where the two-step security feature is available, alongside the supported wireless carriers in each market.