Two Step Verification Question

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    My password keeps getting hacked and Apps (all free) "bought" from my account so I'm doing the 2 step Apple verification. I have to wait 3 days to initiate it. I don't have an iPhone. Can the security codes be sent by Apple through a regular cell phone?
    Thanks!
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    Found the answer through my own research.
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    Hello hpowders,

    Welcome to the forum. Your problem, which I'm pleased to see you solved, is a concern. Luckily the hacker could only access free apps for now. I'm sure the 2 step verification process will provide the level of security you need for you account.

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    Hi Richard.

    Yes. I have an iPad 2. Very annoying. The person changes my Apple password and then I have no access! Am due to set up the 2 step verification tomorrow. Apple requires a 3 day grace period after you set up a new password. This is my 7th password in 6 months! Hopefully this process will finally put an end to this!

    Thanks for the help, Richard!

    Sincerely,

    hpowders
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    I set up the two step authentication some time ago. Be certain to accurately save the recovery code. They make it difficult not to, for good reason. And be sure to save it in a safe place that the (person) is sure not to have access to. I keep mine in 1Password, synced to several devices so I can get to it anywhere.

    Since you didn't say, I'll also mention that the code can be sent to a designated device using SMS instead of iMessages. That's the choice that makes it possible to use a phone other than the iPhone. I've used the two step method once since activating it, and you are given the choice of how to send it and to what device when you try to change your account info.

    Good luck.
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    Thanks!

    My wife and I have 2 basic cell phones-hers has messaging ($10/month). Mine doesn't. My phone has message blocking because I would get nuisance messages sent to my phone and I would be getting charged 20 cents for the privilege of receiving each of them! The access code system for two step verification worked fine with my wife's cell phone. But, when listing my cell phone as a backup, the access code never came through, since I have message blocking, so I have to either pay $10 a month for messaging or pay 20 cents for each message sent or received through Verizon in order to use my cell phone with two step verification. Doing the latter subjects me once again to unsolicited junk messages which I have to pay for. In either case, the criminals have won, making what once was such an easy thing to do, now becomes a genuine, expensive PITA!!
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    You should also have the choice of receiving the code on your iPad via iMessage. If the iPad is wi-fi only, that would limit you to making account changes when the iPad is on a network, but you might find that preferable to activating SMS on your cellphone; especially since you'll still have your wife's phone as a backup.
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    Thanks! I will investigate this.

    Update: Through iCloud, I was able to get my iPad 2 as a recognized, trusted device for 2 step verification. I will no longer have to bother my wife to get the access code through her cell phone (I will keep it as a "backup" device) nor do I have to activate messaging on my cell phone and shell out some extra money.

    Thanks, twerppoet for the iMessage idea. Great stuff! :)
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    No problem, glad to help.

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