Apple has recently introduced an added layer of security for Apple ID and iCloud accounts by integrating the new iOS login technology. One of the key features of this technology is the use of hardware security keys, a small physical device that allows you to protect your account with a second form of authentication.
This is a major improvement for those who are concerned about the safety of their personal information from hackers, identity thieves or snoops.
The hardware security key ensures that only you have access to your account, even if someone else gets hold of your password. This new technology makes it extremely difficult for anyone to hack into your account. It’s a great way to safeguard your personal information and provides peace of mind for Apple users.
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“This feature is designed for users who, often due to their public profile, face concerted threats to their online accounts, such as celebrities, journalists, and members of government,” Apple said in a statement. “This takes our two-factor authentication even further, preventing even an advanced attacker from obtaining a user’s second factor in a phishing scam.”
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FIDO standardized Hardware Security Keys offer improved protection against phishing on popular websites like Facebook, Twitter, and Google’s Advanced Protection Program for maximum security.
Physical Security Keys, like thumb drives or tags, provide an extra layer of security during login. They can be inserted into an Apple device via USB-C, Lightning, or USB-A port, or wirelessly via Bluetooth or NFC.
To use a Physical Security Key during login, a pop-up message will prompt you “insert and activate one of your security keys. If you have an NFC key, bring it to the top of this iPhone.”
How to set up physical security keys
To set up a Physical Security Key with your iPhone or computer, go to Settings > [Your Name] > Password & Security > Add Security Keys and follow the on-screen instructions.
In conclusion, the Physical Security Key feature is aimed at providing an extra level of security for individuals facing digital threats such as journalists, human rights activists and government officials, allowing them to verify communication with intended parties. Apple has previewed this feature and plans to roll it out globally in the near future.