Security experts applaud Apple's new two-factor authentication

Option locks Apple IDs, stymies account hijacking

By , Computerworld |  Security

Apple's move came just in time to give customers a way to protect their accounts from a password-reset hack revealed Friday by The Verge, which had found instructions online that showed how to reset an Apple ID password using only a user's date of birth and the account's associated email address. By day's end, Apple had fixed the vulnerability and restored the iForgot password-reset site.

Apple will roll out two-factor authentication in the U.S., U.K., Australia, Ireland, and New Zealand, then add other countries down the line.

The company has also posted an FAQ with more information about its two-factor authentication.

Gregg Keizer covers Microsoft, security issues, Apple, Web browsers and general technology breaking news for Computerworld. Follow Gregg on Twitter at @gkeizer, on Google+ or subscribe to Gregg's RSS feed. His email address is gkeizer@computerworld.com.

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