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Free iPhone upgrade! Get iOS 16.3 update! Secure your account now, don't miss

iOS 16.3 update just rolled out a feature which allows iPhone users to secure their accounts using a physical security key and it 8s free. Check what you should do.

| Updated on: Jan 26 2023, 17:29 IST
From Airdrop, 5G in India to Freeform, check out what’s new in iOS 16.2
1/6 5G for India – Despite the rollout for 5G services in India, iPhones were among a very few devices left without support for 5G. That has changed with the iOS 16.2 update and users can now take advantage of blazing-fast network speeds, thanks to 5G options now being available. Users can select between always on and auto-switching settings for 5G.  (Amritanshu / HT Tech)
2/6 The Freeform App - The new Freeform app is a productivity tool which can be used by the iPhone users to add post-it notes, shapes, files, links, scans, photos and videos, audio, typed text, and more. Users can plan projects, brainstorm ideas, create inspiration boards, and more using the intuitive app.  (Apple)
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3/6 Apple Music Sing – If you enjoy singing along to music, then this latest feature could be a boon for you. Apple Music Sing introduces a karaoke-like option in the Apple Music app. It gives you the option to turn down vocals with the track playing in the background.  (Apple)

Always on Display- Currently only the iPhone 14 Pro models are available with the Always on display. With the iOS 16.2 update, two new toggles have arrived for disabling wallpaper and notifications when the always on display feature is activated, giving your iPhone a more subtle look.

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5/6 Change to Lock Screen - The iOS 16.2 update has brought Sleep Widget and Medication widget. The Sleep Widget utilizes data collected by the Health app and your Apple Watch to track your sleep cycle. It has also introduced shortcut actions to the Lock Screen including wallpapers for Lock Screen and set Wallpaper Photo.  (Apple)
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6/6 Airdrop - With the latest iOS 16.2 update, Apple has timed the AirDrop's ‘Everyone' option and restricted it to only 10 minutes once it is turned on.Once the iPhone user selects the ‘Everyone for 10 minutes', the AirDrop will turn off after 10 minutes and switch back to ‘Contacts only' to receive only media from the contacts.  (Apple)
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A security key is a small device that you can connect to your iPhone and use to verify your identity when signing in to your Apple ID account. (Pexels)

Apple recently released a new update for iPhone users which brings a bunch of new features and bug fixes all for free. From support for the second-gen HomePod, new Unity wallpaper for Black History Month, and new ways to use Emergency SOS via satellite to Security keys that come with Apple ID - iOS 16.3 update has a lot for you. For those who are unaware, the Physical security keys provide extra protection for your Apple ID against phishing attacks. A security key is basically a small external device that looks like a thumb drive or tag, which can be used for verification when signing in with your Apple ID using two-factor authentication.

It is designed for people who want extra protection from targeted attacks, such as phishing attacks or social engineering scams. In such cases, you can use security keys instead of the six-digit code which is normally used for two-factor authentication. It strengthens the two-factor authentication process and helps prevent your second authentication factor from being intercepted or requested by an attacker. A security key can act as the second piece of information.

However, you must note that you're responsible for maintaining access to your security keys. In case you lose all of your trusted devices and security keys, you could be locked out of your account permanently for security purposes. You must note that you need at least two FIDO Certified security keys and ensure your iPhone is updated to iOS 16.3 or later where you're signed in with your Apple ID. After that, you just need to set up the security keys - here's how.

How to setup Security Keys on an iPhone

Step 1:

Apple suggested setting up at least two security keys so you can use one of them as a backup. This will be helpful in case the other one is lost, damaged, or stolen. Note that you can pair up to six keys with your account.

Step 2:

Now go to Settings on your iPhone. 

Step 3:

Tap on [your name] and then Password & Security.

Step 4:

Here, click on the Add Security Keys. When prompted, insert your security key. 

Step 5:

After this, follow the onscreen instructions.

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First Published Date: 26 Jan, 17:03 IST