Apple to do away with Recovery Key as part of Two-Factor Authentication in iOS 9, OS X 10.11 El Capitan operating systems

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Date: Thursday, July 9th, 2015, 09:42
Category: iOS, News, security, Software


There shall be Recovery Key no more come iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 El Capitan.

Apple on Wednesday confirmed that the security feature will be removed from its future operating systems.

Currently, the Recovery Key system in Apple’s “two-step” protocol works as a failsafe for accessing an Apple ID when a registered trusted device or phone number is unavailable. Under the existing setup, losing both a trusted device and Recovery Key renders the account inaccessible, which has in the past forced some users to abandon their Apple IDs altogether.

Apple’s new two-factor authentication method will remove 14-character recovery keys and replace this with a live customer support recovery process. The feature removal is just one modification Apple plans to apply when two-factor authentication rolls out later this year.

Other security enhancements were revealed in a recent support document, including longer six-digit verification codes and more intuitive authentication alerts that work across iOS and OS X platforms. Text message and phone call verifications to trusted numbers will also remain available.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Via AppleInsider, Macworld and Apple

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