Millions of iPhones, iPods, and iPads are sold every year, and the iTunes and App Store ecosystems have grown tremendously as a result. But, as the number of users downloading music, TV shows, apps, and iBooks increases, so does the amount of theft and malicious behavior resulting from compromised Apple ID accounts.
That situation has led Apple to tighten its security practices involving Apple IDs, as The Next Web has discovered that the iPhone maker appears to have started requesting security info from users that use their Apple ID with iTunes or on their iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. When prompted, Apple requires users to set answers for three different security questions, and also asks for a backup email address to boost the security of your account.
When the security information has been provided, Apple sends a confirmation email to the user to verify the changes. It reads as follows:
You’ve taken the added security step and provided a rescue email address. Now all you need to do is verify that it belongs to you.
The rescue address you have given us is email@example.com. Just click the link below to verify, sign in using your Apple ID and password, then follow the prompts.
The rescue email address is dedicated your security and allows Apple to get in touch if any account questions come up, such as the need to reset or change your security questions. As promised, Apple will never send you any announcements or marketing messages to this address.
Recently, Apple has also been periodically requesting that users strengthen the password for their Apple ID accounts. Apple IDs are used to access the App Store, iTunes Store, Mac App Store, iBookstore, Apple’s online services, and more. Apple has yet to comment on the matter.