Apple has informed developers that starting February 27, 2019, 2-Factor Authentication (2FA) will be required on their accounts for additional security. Apple informed devs that the move is to not only keep their accounts security but is also aimed to prevent third-parties from being able to access their accounts.
Developers were informed by email yesterday of the change and have until the 27th of this month to activate 2FA. If they don’t by then, they will be prompted to do so on or after the 27th and won’t be able to access their accounts until it is setup. The move, while certainly a step in the right direction, also means that the sharing of developer accounts is no longer going to be an option.
The requirement of 2-Factor Authentication shouldn’t come as much of a surprise given Apple’s emphasis on privacy and security both in the form of requirements from developers and in promoting 2FA to consumers. For those who may not have it setup on their Apple ID, you can learn how to do it here. In this day, it is highly recommend that you have it enabled on all your accounts, not just your Apple account.
To be clear, if a developer does not activate 2FA prior to the 27th, they will not lose their account. They simply won’t be able to access it until they enable the security feature. All their work and projects will remain associated with their Apple ID and nothing will be deleted or lost.