updated 10:58 am EDT, Thu July 17, 2014
Could be important step towards reducing hacking
Apple has dramatically expanded the reach of its two-step Apple ID verification option, adding another 48 regions to the previous 11. The full list of countries with support is below. When two-step verification is on, trying to change account details or make an iTunes/App Store purchase from a new device will send a code via SMS or Find My iPhone. Only once this code is entered can an action continue.
The new coverage should make it harder for criminals to hijack Apple IDs and use them to buy music and apps, assuming it's adopted by enough of the public. Reports have hinted that Apple may also be planning to implement the measure for iCloud.com, preventing people from hacking into private mail, contact, and calendar data.
Apple ID protection first debuted in March 2013. At the time it was only available in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK, and the US.