Apple has introduced two-step verification for Apple IDs, an option for users seeking to add extra layer of security when perusing the App Store or iTunes.
Two-step verification requires users to type in a special code, often sent via text message, to verify an account before making purchases or accessing services.
In the case of Apple ID, users start by registering a trusted device to receive the code. Whenever a purchase is made from a new device — computer, smartphone or tablet — using your Apple ID, the company sends a random four-digit code users must add to complete the transaction.
The codes are sent through the Find My iPhone app or text message.
Users also get a 14-digit recovery key in case their device is lost or they forget their password. Apple suggests printing multiple copies of the recovery key and keeping them in a safe place.
Apple joins several tech companies with two-step verification, including Google, Facebook and Dropbox. Whenever users log in from unknown browsers or devices, users can have a code sent to their phones to confirm their identity.