Ensure Secure Messaging: Learn How to Use Apple’s New Contact Key Verification in iOS 17.2
Apple Inc. rolled out the latest iOS 17.2 update in December, introducing a host of new features and security enhancements to iPhone users worldwide. One of the standout additions is the Contact Key Verification feature, designed to bolster user security by enabling individuals to verify the identity of the person they are communicating with.
With Contact Key Verification, users, especially those who may be at higher risk, such as journalists, activists, and government officials, can ensure they are messaging the intended recipient, providing an added layer of security in potentially sensitive situations. This feature serves as a crucial tool in safeguarding communications for those who may be targeted.
Enabling Contact Key Verification is a straightforward process:
- Open Settings.
- Tap your Apple ID (your name and picture) near the top of your screen.
- Tap Contact Key Verification near the bottom of the menu.
- Toggle the switch next to Verification in iMessage.
Once enabled, users can access their public verification code, which can be shared with others to verify their identity. Additionally, users can generate verification codes directly within Messages, allowing for seamless identity verification during conversations.
Apple continues to prioritize user privacy and security with each update, and the introduction of Contact Key Verification further exemplifies this commitment. By empowering users to verify the authenticity of their communications, Apple aims to provide a safer digital environment for all its users.