How to Setup Two-Factor Authentication to Protect Your iCloud Data

How to Setup Two-Factor Authentication to Protect Your iCloud Data

The recent iCloud security breach where celebrity photos were leaked has opened up many people’s eyes to the need to be vigilant with security surrounding cloud-based storage.

One of the best ways to improve security if you are using iCloud to backup and store your data is to setup two-factor authentication (they call it “two-step verification”). This does not come setup as default when you activate your Apple ID account, you need to login and make the change.

What is Two-Factor Authentication?

Two-factor or two-step authentication relies on two different methods and devices to allow you to login or make a change. One step is usually your user and password and the other might be a link in an email, text message or phone call.

How to Setup Two-Factor Authentication in iCloud

In order to setup two-factor authentication, you need to login to your iCloud account on their website ( and then take the following steps:

  • Click “Manage Your Apple ID”
  • Login using your Apple ID user and password
  • Under “Password and Security” answer the security questions and click “Continue”
  • Under “Two-Step Verification” click “Get Started”
  • Follow the prompts after reading the security considerations and clicking “Continue”
  • Verify both your mobile phone number and mobile devices
  • Store your recovery key in a safe place
  • Read the warning (see image) and click “Enable two-step verification”

Once you’ve done that you’re done! Now this is going lead to an extra step each time you buy something on iTunes or make a change to your account but the security level will be much higher. If you don’t want the hassle, don’t set it up. But it will make your data much more secure.

For other tips on keeping your data safe using cloud-based storage, please read Is iCloud Safe for My Business After the iCloud Security Breach.