Apple Adds Two-Factor Authentication to iTunes

By James O Malley on at

To coincide with the release of iOS9 and the imminent release of the next Mac OS, dubbed El Capitan, Apple has released an update to iTunes which adds two-factor authentication to the platform.

According to The Verge the 233MB update that will upgrade you to version 12.3 also fixes a number of small bugs.

Two factor authentication is significant though as it should hopefully make your Apple account more secure. What this essentially means is that once setup on your account, if you need to login to your Apple account you'll need both your password and a code sent via text message to your phone - a process that will make it much trickier for anyone nefarious to break into your account with access to both.

It is a wise move and one that has been rolled out across the industry: It is now standard for Google accounts, and Apple itself has already added the technology to a number of its apps.

The only bad news? Apple still hasn't grown brave enough to sort out iTunes from being a horrible mess of features and functionality that don't really belong together. Meaning that if you want to sync your phone, you need to inexplicably do it through your music app. [The Verge and 9to5Mac]