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iOS 9 Boosts Security with Six-Digit Passcode and Two-Factor Authentication

Apple’s iOS 9 will oblige users to strengthen the passcode that protects devices and improve two-factor authentication by building it directly into the operating system, making it harder for others to gain unauthorized access to Apple IDs, according to the company.

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Apple added two-step verification to some types of accounts in March 2013, but users could log in using their Apple ID only and with no second check of identity. iOS 9 users will be able to tap `Don’t Allow’ or `Allow’ when an Apple ID login is attempted from another device.

iPhone 5S, 6, 6 Plus, iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 users will gain access to the enhanced features as soon as iOS 9 debuts.

Apple plans to release iOS 9 in the last quarter of 2015.

iOS 9 also brings “proactive assistance” presenting relevant information without compromising users’ privacy and suggesting actions at a particular moment. Before starting typing, iOS 9 automatically suggests apps to launch or people to contact based on usage patterns.

The four-digit passcode system adopted in 2014 in iOS 8 had concerned US law enforcement as Apple users had no real security against cyber attackers able to guess password with the help of the device’s cryptographic coprocessor. Moreover, the press reported that hackers have unearthed a major WiFi vulnerability in iOS 8 that makes iPad, iPhone and iPod touch crash repeatedly.

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iOS 8 runs only on 83% of iDevices, according to Apple’s latest press conference, a slow adoption rate allegedly caused by security issues. iOS 9 was announced at The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2015 that takes places June 8-12 in San Francisco.

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