Cupertino based Apple, recently sent an email to the members of the Developer program. In the email, it asked them to enable two-factor authentication by end of February.
Prior to this Apple already made “two-factor” authentication a requirement for the new members. But this is for the existing members who haven’t enabled it yet.
The email sent to the developer program members included the following message:
In an effort to keep your account more secure, two-factor authentication will be required to sign in to your Apple Developer account and Certificates, Identifiers, and Profiles starting February 27th, 2019.By Apple
In addition to the message, Apple also has a page on their support website which they shared in the email. Check it if you’re interested in learning more about 2FA.
For those who don’t know about Two-factor authentication, it’s a system which adds an additional layer of security. Without it, you can just enter your username, password, and log in, but with 2FA enabled, after entering the username and password, you’ll be prompted to a different screen where you’ll be entering the code which was generated on your device. That way, even if someone is able to crack your username and password, he won’t still be able to log in to your account.
For now this is just the new requirements for the members of the Developer program, If you’re a normal Apple user, it’s not a requirement yet. However, in this world where hacks and leaks are quite normal, you should consider enabling it for your personal accounts, just for additional layer of security.