The Ugly Side of Two-Factor Authentication

by ElcomSoft

Two-factor authentication is great when it comes to securing access to someone’s account. It’s not so great when it gets in the way of accessing your account. However, in emergency situations things can turn completely ugly. In this article we’ll discuss steps you can do to minimize the negative consequences of using two-factor authentication if you lose access to your trusted device and your trusted phone number. In order to keep the size of this text reasonable we’ll only talk about Apple’s implementation, namely Two-Step Verification and Two-Factor Authentication.

Two-Factor Authentication in Emergencies

What’s an emergency? For the purpose of this article, we’ll look at a common scenario of a traveler going abroad with an iPhone. The iPhone goes missing or gets stolen.

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