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Apple Improves User Security with Third-Party NFC Keys

Apple users will soon get a new option for two-factor authentication, they would be able to log in to their Apple ID account by scanning a third-party physical NFC security key with an Apple device

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Apple Improves User Security with Third-Party NFC Keys. Source:

Apple today introduced three advanced security features, including Security Keys for Apple ID, which give users the choice to require a physical security key to sign in. Other updates are iMessage Contact Key Verification and Advanced Data Protection for iCloud.

Security Keys strengthen Apple’s two-factor authentication by requiring a hardware security key as a way to verify your identity. Users can either scan the key with their device or plug it into their device (if it doesn’t support NFC).

A new feature joins a suite of other advanced Apple protections. From now on, users can verify they are communicating only with whom they intend and further protect important iCloud data.

“At Apple, we are unwavering in our commitment to provide our users with the best data security in the world. We constantly identify and mitigate emerging threats to their personal data on device and in the cloud.”
Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior VP of Software Engineering


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