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29-Aug-2015 07:37

Apple has quietly extended its two-step verification feature to more of its ecosystem.

→ Of course, you shouldn’t really write down your PIN anywhere, unless perhaps it’s on a slip of paper you lock in a safety deposit box.Many news stories you’ll see are calling it “two factor authentication” (2FA).That’s close, or perhaps close enough, but Apple has done the right thing by giving a slightly different name to its own authentication system. That’s a basic form of 2FA, and one of the reasons that you’re told not to write your PIN on the back of the card is that to do so spoils the “two-factor” part.If you’re like me (and I know I am), you may not pay all that much attention to sports.

But writing it on the card itself would be a double disaster.

For computer logins, 2FA usually works in one of three ways: Paul Ducklin is a passionate security proselytiser. ) He lives and breathes computer security, and would be happy for you to do so, too.