Apple has introduced 2-step verification for Apple ID and iCloud users to further enhance security (via 9to5Mac). Essentially this added layer of security, a unique code is sent to your device (via SMS or push notifications if you have Find my iPhone enabled) before you make changes to your account or make digital purchases on new iOS devices. Users will also be able to print out a 14-digit recovery key in case you lose your device.
Unfortunately, Canada is not part of the launch yet (boo) as this new security layer is only available to Apple ID users in the U.S., U.K, Australia, Ireland, and New Zealand, as noted in the FAQ:
In which countries is two-step verification available?
Initially, two-step verification is being offered in the U.S., UK, Australia, Ireland, and New Zealand. Additional countries will be added over time. When your country is added, two-step verification will automatically appear in the Password and Security section of Manage My Apple ID when you sign in to My Apple ID.
We’ve seen 2-step verification for Google Accounts and Dropbox via the Google Authenticator app. We highly recommend it as an extra layer of security and piece of mind to protect your accounts. In the meantime, Canadians will have to wait while others enjoy this extra layer of security.
Last August, Apple introduced heightened Apple ID security by requiring users to enter three security questions and also include a rescue email address.
Natalie Kerris, an Apple spokeswoman told the New York Times “Apple takes customer privacy very seriously, and two-step verification is an even more robust process to ensure our users’ data remains protected.”