Apple stops you from going crazy as two-factor authentication autofill is a feature of iOS 12

Apple stops you from going crazy as two-factor authentication autofill is a feature of iOS 12
Two-factor authentication is considered a more secure method of signing in to an app. While many simply use their username and password to login, with two-factor authentication the initial login triggers the sending of a text message to a pre-set mobile number. That text usually contains a series of 4 or 6 numbers and letters that have to be submitted to enter the app.

Of course, you usually are bogged down in open apps, or are rushing around when the text message arrives with your code. You mumble it to yourself countless times to remember it just before a stranger approaches you and asks for the directions to 420 9th Avenue in the City. So you have to go back and remember the code. And just when you think you have it secured in your memory, a stranger asks you to recite pi to 10 digits. So you rattle off the answer, 3.141592653, but you forget the 6 digit code. Since most codes have a time limit, before you know it, the digits you memorized at last are no longer valid and you have to request a new text with a new code.

Well this will no longer be a problem once iOS 12 is installed on your iPhone. One of the new features of the latest iOS build will be autofill for two-factor authentication. The code that is being sent via text will automatically be placed in the proper field. Just submit, and you're in.

To see this glorious new feature in action, click on the video below.



14. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

That has been a part of Android for years. I'm actually shocked that IOS doesn't have something like that, as IOS tries to sell itself as the OS that "just works". I think Android has overtaken IOS, as IOS has innovation and improvement has been kind of stale in comparison.

9. Demo-jay

Posts: 108; Member since: Feb 13, 2018

I think this has been here for a while for most apps, including WhatsApp,I think it existed on symbian too...

5. yonith

Posts: 231; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

Never seen this on android

7. iushnt

Posts: 3190; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Not this but some party apps like LastPass could auto fill on android. I had been missing the autofipl feature since I switched to iOS

13. vincelongman

Posts: 5838; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

s/? Android Messages supports this Same most other third party SMS apps and password managers

4. nikhil23

Posts: 507; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

it's been on android since forever

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 31809; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

So what!

10. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

On Android you have to give the app permissions to read your texts. Which can be considered a security risk. In Apple's case iOS does it for you, which is more secire

12. vincelongman

Posts: 5838; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Apple's is limited to iMessage Android Messages supports this too Obviously both Android Messages and iMessage already have permission to read your texts lol (if Android Messages is you choice for texts)

15. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Actually, we are both wrong. In Google play services 10.2x and higher, there is something called SMS retriever API. So an app can use this API to get authentication codes without needing full permission to read text messages. I didn't know this but Googled some information about it just now (to get some facts straight). Shame not that many apps use it and still ask for full-text permissions.

19. vincelongman

Posts: 5838; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

No offense but I don't see how I'm wrong If you use Android Messages then it has permisson to read your texts. iMessage has permisson to read your texts too. But good on ya for finding out about that API!

3. qazz1

Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 02, 2016

Hasn't it already been used on non-ios system?

2. Foxgabanna unregistered

It's lit.

1. w159148

Posts: 19; Member since: Jan 02, 2018


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