apple: How to use security keys to secure Apple ID

Everybody who has an Apple product, whether it be a laptop, desktop, phone, or tablet, needs to have an Apple ID. It enables access to the Messages app, the App Store, FaceTime, Locate My, and iCloud. Given how crucial it is to protect your Apple ID against account takeovers, using a hardware security key is one of the best methods to do so.

We’re here to demonstrate how to secure your Apple ID with a security key.

Multi-Factor Authentication: What Is It?

According to contemporary authentication theory, there are three ways to confirm your identity:

Anything you are aware of, such as a password.
Anything you are, like a fingerprint or other biometric identifier.
A physical object you own, such as a smart gadget or a hardware security key.

What are security Keys?

Little, sturdy physical objects called security keys can be carried about on a keychain. Many lack batteries and don’t need any type of data connection. Even some of them provide a biometric option. They’re fantastic since they’re portable and difficult to harm, but you do incur the risk of losing or harming them (more on that later).

What security keys are appropriate for Apple ID?

Apple has suggestions in form of the YubiKey 5C NFC, YubiKey 5Ci, and Feitan ePass K9 NFC USB-A.

Although we think the YubiKey 5C NFC is a fantastic alternative, the YubiKey Security Key C NFC could be a better choice for beginners because it is less expensive than the 5C. The blue version of this key has been retired by Yubico, and a new black-clad key will soon replace it (Opens in a new window).

Key things to remember while setting up security keys for Apple ID

Before you enroll security keys with your Apple ID, there are a few things to complete. Most crucially, you won’t be able to add security keys until a few weeks have passed if MFA hasn’t previously been set for your Apple ID.

Before you start, you should update all of your Apple products. Only versions of iOS 16.3, iPadOS 16.3, or macOS Ventura 13.2 or later from Apple enable security key enrolment.

Lastly, make sure you have access to both your password, which should ideally be generated randomly and kept in a password manager, as well as a way to confirm your identity.

There are a few warnings Apple lists in its online instructions before you get started. You should link your Apple Watch with a device where you are logged in if it is currently connected to one where you are not (for example, your spouse’s iPad). Managed Apple IDs and Apple IDs for children, according to Apple, are ineligible for security keys.


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