Apple Announce App-specific Password Feature For the Third party Apps Integrates with iCloud

Recently we have witnessed the incidents that reveal how most of the apps and companies are putting users privacy at stake. To minimize this risk and taking the security aspects from the apps to own hands smartphone platforms are working vigorously. Apple has just revealed one more security step which says app specific passwords will be required from 15.

Apple has just announced that if you use a third party app which login with an iCloud id and password to access contacts, calendar and mail messages Apple will require an app-specific password which will be effective from June 15th.

Initiate app-specific password

Apple conveyed the announcement via mail to the iCloud user and advised them to integrate the app-specific password before 15th of June.If you don’t have the third-party app using the calendar, contact, mail in your app list then you should be less concerned. The apps from the App store which integrated with iCloud via Apple API are safe from this change.

This app-specific password feature is introduced to save the actual credential of the users from the third party app. The non-Apple servers receive a scrambled random password for the process. These individual passwords can be rescinded any time as it independent from your original iCloud login credentials.

If you don’t set up you app-specific password until 15 June the apps with third party integration will stop working. Don’t worry its very simple to setup app-specific password on your Apple ID.

How to setup App-specific password

In order, to setup, the app-specific password service user first, need to enable Two-factor Authentication. With iOS 10.3 and later Two-factor authentication is already setup by default.

Here are the steps to setup app-specific password on Apple ID

  1. Login to Apple ID account with the iCloud credentials
  2. Just scroll down to the section of ‘security’ and click on the ‘Generate password’ just below the App-specific password.
  3. Just give a name to the password in label pop up.
  4. A string of random characters will be shown that the password: write it down.
  5. Now open your third party email and sign out from the iCloud, now sign in again with same iCloud id and new App-specific password.

You need to repeat the process with each app by entering the app-specific password for using it seamlessly after 15 June. If you ever changed your primary iCloud password all the app specific password will be revoked and all apps stop working. Then you need to create app-specific password again. You can have maximum up to 24 app -specific passwords according to Apple. You can login to iCloud ID anytime,‘Edit’ and ‘view history’ of you app-specific password and you can also change or remove any specific password whenever you want.

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Originally published at www.mobileappdaily.com on May 25, 2017.