Late last week it was reported that a flaw had been discovered in the Apple ID password resetting process. It was reported that if someone had a modified URL and your birth date they could reset your password and gain access to your account.
Fortunately Apple patched the hole very quickly and, coincidently, released a two step authentication process that greatly streamlines and secures the ID process.
There is a gotcha though!
In order to use the two step process your password needs to adhere to the ‘new’ rules. In other words the password must be at least 8 characters, have a CAPITAL letter and contain a number. Some early adopters of mac.com or me.com (the forerunners to what eventually became iCloud) didn’t need to bother with this. So, if your Apple ID password is of the older type you will need to change it by going to the AppleID administration page and following the prompts.
Once changed you can follow the procedure below to activate the Two-Step Process.
Warning: When you change your password everything will stop working and you will need to re-enter your password into things like Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, iTunes…etc.
You can get to the Apple Two-Step Process the following way:
1. Go to the Apple ID page
2. Click on Manage Apple ID
3. Type in your Apple ID user name and <new> password
4. Click on Password and Security.
5. Answer the Security questions prompted and Click Continue.
6. Under, Manage your Security Settings, click on the Two-Step Authentication process Get Started…
7. Follow the prompts.
8. You will be made to wait three days before you can proceed any further than registering your interest and an email will be sent to you as a confirmation.
Its a bit fiddly I know but considering the information and the purchases linked to your Apple ID I think its well worth the trouble.
If you get stuck or your think this is all a bit daunting drop us a line and we’ll arrange a visit to it for you. Alternatively call Apple on 1300 321456 for assistance.