Apple recently introduced its two-step identification verification system to 13 near countries as part of a worldwide rollout. Apple ID account holders in these nations are also granted access to the heightened security feature that was first deployed in March. The features which were previously limited to the U.S., U.K., Australia, Ireland, and New Zealand are now being made available to those in Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Italy, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Germany, Mexico, the Netherlands and Russia.
As of right now, it’s unclear if additional countries have seen activations, as Apple’s FAQ page has yet to be updated to reflect the new availability. With the two-step verification enabled though, any time a user signs in to the My Apple ID webpage to make changes, or purchases content from iTunes on a new device, they are prompted to enter their password and a 4-digit verification code. The code is then sent to a trusted device, such as an iPhone or iPad, through the Find My iPhone app. Owners of other handsets receive codes via an SMS text message instead.
There is a recovery key that is provided in the event that the phone tied to the account has been lost or stolen. Although it’s not a completely foolproof security solution, the additional step provides an added safeguard against malicious users or attempts to break into a user’s Apple ID.