Apple this week launched iOS 16.3 and macOS Ventura 13.2, bringing an overdue characteristic to our Apple gadgets: Safety key assist for Apple IDs. Which means you should use a USB-C, Lightning, or NFC dongle because the second issue of authentication as a substitute of the six-digit verification code Apple often sends to a different machine.
As Apple explains, a bodily key strengthens the two-factor authentication course of and helps forestall codes from being intercepted or requested by an attacker. With a safety key, your account authentication is actually in your palms and nobody else has entry to it. Nevertheless, should you lose your trusted safety keys, you might be locked out of your account completely.
To stop that from occurring, Apple requires two FIDO Licensed safety keys to make use of the brand new characteristic so that you’ll have a backup. Among the many really helpful keys are NFC, USB-C, and Lightning keys from YubiKey in addition to the Feitan ePass K9 key, although any FIDO Licensed key with the right connector ought to work. Apple notes that NFC keys will solely work on the iPhone and USB-C keys ought to work with an iPhone utilizing a USB-C-to-Lightning adapter.
There are additionally some Apple ID login options that gained’t work with safety keys:
- You may’t signal into iCloud for Home windows.
- You may’t signal into older gadgets that may’t be up to date to iOS 16.3, iPadOS 16.3, or macOS 13.2.
- Little one accounts and Managed Apple IDs aren’t supported.
Moreover, an Apple Watch paired with a member of the family’s iPhone gained’t be supported. Apple says you’ll must arrange your watch with your individual iPhone to make use of a safety key.
If you may get previous all that, the method is easy. Head over to the Settings app (System Settings on Macs), faucet your Apple ID title, then Password & Safety and Add Safety Keys, and comply with the prompts to register your key. You’ll want to remain signed into all lively gadgets to proceed utilizing a safety key. To complete the method, you’ll be signed out of any gadgets that haven’t been up to date to iOS 16.3, iPadOS 16.3, or macOS 13.2.