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Apple iOS 16.3, iPadOS 16.3, and macOS 13.2 Bring FIDO Security Keys

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Apple has recommended some security keys in its support documents, such as YubiKey 5C NFC and YubiKey 5Ci

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  • Security Keys for Apple ID is an optional advanced security feature.
  • The new security feature is designed for people who want additional protection against targeted attacks.
  • Users are suggested to create at least two security keys, while a maximum of six is ​​supported.

Apple has described new security keys for Apple ID functionality available with iOS 16.3, iPadOS 16.3, and macOS 13.2 in a support document that provides an overview of the new functionality, as well as instructions on how users can use the new feature. of security.

“Security Keys for Apple ID is an optional advanced security feature designed for people who want additional protection against targeted attacks, such as phishing or social engineering scams,” Apple said in its support document.

When the feature is turned on, signing in to an Apple ID requires you to enter your account password and then use a FIDO-certified security key to complete two-factor authentication, rather than a typical six-digit verification number from Apple. another Apple device.

Users who wish to use this security feature should be careful not to lose their security keys, as doing so could permanently lose access to their Apple ID account. Therefore, users must create at least two security keys, and a maximum of six are supported.

“Keep your security keys in a safe place and consider keeping a security key in more than one place,” the document says. “For example, keep one key at home and one at work. If you are traveling, you may want to leave one of your security keys at home.”

This is how you can enable security keys for Apple ID:

iPhone/iPad: Open Settings > Your name > Password & security > Add security keys > Follow the onscreen instructions

Mac: Open System Settings > Your Name > Password & Security > Add Security Keys > Follow More Steps

At any time, you can delete security keys by following the same procedures and tapping or clicking “Delete all security keys”. This will revert your Apple ID to use a six-digit verification code for two-factor authentication.

In the support document, Apple also recommends some security keys, such as the YubiKey 5C NFC and YubiKey 5Ci (which supports Lightning and USB-C).

The company’s support document also mentions that when the feature is turned on, users can’t sign in to iCloud for Windows and some Apple ID accounts aren’t supported either.

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