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The Apple two-step: My disastrous attempt to use Apple’s two-factor authentication

Following Glenn Fleishmann’s recent article about setting up two-factor authentication to allow a wrist computer to unlock a desktop computer, I decided to turn on Apple’s augmented security to see how this feature worked. And it was a disaster. I activated two-factor authentication (2FA) and easily logged into my iMac, but was unable to log into any of my other devices.
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