Apple adds crucial security update for iMessage and FaceTime

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NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Apple has finally expanded an extra security feature to guard iMessages and FaceTime video chats.

The feature, called two-step authentication, provides an added layer of protection against hackers. With two-step authentication enabled, logging into your iCloud account from a new device requires your phone to be with you. Apple will text you a temporary numerical code, which you will need in addition to your Apple ID and password to get in.

Apple recently expanded two-step authentication to include many of its services. However, as of last month, it still didn’t guard iMessage and FaceTime.

That meant that, even if you enabled this security feature, anyone who guessed your password could still see your iMessage conversations or impersonate you on that chatting platform.

Security researchers criticized Apple for this half measure. They are now glad Apple listened to them.

“Apple patched the issue very quickly. I am impressed with their openness to change,” said Dani Grant, a computer programmer who highlighted this flaw in a blog last month.

The announcement coincides with Apple CEO Tim Cook’s scheduled appearance at a White House cybersecurity summit on Friday. Cook will be giving remarks about Apple’s response to hacking at Stanford University at 10:45 a.m. PT.