Why two-factor authentication incorrectly displays the location of the device

Two-factor authentication is an excellent mechanism to protect user data. Except that sometimes he scares the owners of iOS devices and Mac computers showing the wrong location. Find out why this is happening.

If iCloud activated two-factor authentication, when you try to log in to your account, the gadget will be asked to enter a verification code that appears on a trusted computer or phone. At this point the screen shows a map with a point where trying to access the account.

The fact that two-factor authentication Apple does not use GPS to determine location of the user. The function determines the position of the person attempting to log in to your account by IP address, the radio towers and Wi-Fi points. In the end, the map is displayed two-factor authentication is not the physical location of the user, and the address defined with the IP.

Because of this, sometimes there are errors in this function and not due to the fact that at the same time with you in Apple ID are full attackers.

Clifton Nichols

Clifton Nichols

Hi! I’m Clifton and I am a full-stack engineer with a passion for building performant and scalable applications that are beautiful and easy to use.

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