Get ready to memorize a new 6 digit PIN when iOS 9 comes out

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iOS 9 is upping security.
Six digit passcodes are coming to iOS 9
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Apple is ramping up security on iOS 9 and it’s going to take a little extra memorization on your part.

Anyone with an iPhone or iPad that has Touch ID will be required to update to a new 6 digit PIN when the new operating system is released this fall, according to Apple’s website.

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You can switch back to a 4 digit PIN during the setup, but 6 digits will be harder for your friends to guess while peeking over your shoulder.

In addition to the more secure 6 digit PINs, Apple is making it harder to gain unauthorized access to Apple ID accounts with the addition of two factor authentication. Now when you sign in from a new browser, or add your Apple ID to a device, you’ll be sent a verification code to your other Apple devices, or to your phone. Just enter the code and you’ll be ready to go, but attackers will have be kept locked out.

Apple also increased security on Apple Watch with the first beta of watchOS 2 by adding Activation Lock so it’s not easy to wipe if stolen. For a full rundown of the cool new stuff coming to iOS 9, check out our full rundown.