We've all seen the & # 39; s login page that allows you to log in to external accounts with your Facebook, Google or Twitter login information. It saves you the trouble of creating another account and remembering more passwords – but it can also become a privacy and security issue. That's why Apple has the function & # 39; Log in with Apple & # 39; made for iOS 13.
Logging in to Facebook or Google to log in to other accounts is not inherently bad. Most major technology companies use open standards such as OAuth 2.0 or OpenID Connect, which means that third-party websites can only use of some of your personal information to authenticate you. But even these pieces of data can be used against you in ways that you would not want.
The biggest problem with Single Sign-On (SSO) is that your information (such as your birthday, work, university and friends list) can be shared with the third party, which in turn can sell what they have collected to others companies for advertising purposes. In addition, they can continue to collect information while they follow you while using other apps and websites. If you search for local concert tickets on Google, the external service will probably know.
These companies are building an increasingly robust profile with all this information, which is bad enough, but can be very worrying for hackers to access one of your least secure accounts. Because your profiles are linked via SSO, hackers may be able to get much more information than normal because they get access to more than one of your accounts … which brings us back to Log in with Apple.
What you need to know about & # 39; Logging in with Apple & # 39;
Although Logging in with Apple is similar to other SSOs, Apple does a few things to protect your privacy. First, it still uses technology similar to OAuth 2.0 and OpenID Connect, so you know it is at least as good as as good as other SSOs. Second, it adds a double layer of protection by ensuring that you use Touch ID or Face ID to log in, and two-factor authentication, which requires you to enter an additional code sent to you for logging in.
Third, Apple does not allow third-party services to follow you while you browse the Internet. Services such as Google and Twitter do follow you, and so they collect more information about you for marketing and advertising purposes, but Apple prevents this. Apple also does not allow third-party services to store your user data.
And last but not least, Apple instead of giving them your personal email randomly generates an email address that allows you to sign up apps and third-party services if desired. This anonymous e-mail can be used to forward messages to your personal e-mail, as Craigslist does, which means that you can stop the third-party contact immediately by simply deleting the temporary e-mail address. Marketers also don't have your real e-mail to bother you, which is always a good thing.
As you can see, you log in with Apple which is most important to you, but it also offers you a quick and easy way to log in to apps and websites without having to remember old login details or typing in new ones.
To log in to an application or website with Apple Log in, you only have a few things:
- An Apple device with iOS 1
- A Apple ID with two-factor authentication enabled
In addition, you can use Log in with Apple in Safari and other web browsers and on platforms such as Android and Windows, but you still need an Apple device with your Apple ID information logged in.
You may also be wondering which services / websites / apps Log in to use with Apple. There is no official list, but some of the big names are Kayak, Bird, WordPress, Fretello, Parcel, Lifecake and many more. If you don't see the Sign in with Apple button in your favorite app, don't worry – Apple requires all apps that support sign in with one tap to eventually support Sign in with Apple.
To use this new Apple service, you must first find a participating third-party app or website. In this example we use Quartz, the popular and award-winning mobile news app. As you can see in the screenshots below, Quartz has added the Sign In with Apple feature to their sign-in page: Continue with Apple .
Tap this button to open an Apple ID login, similar to the one that appears when you download a new app or use Apple Pay. At the top you can see that it says that you are trying to create an account for this external app / website with your Apple ID. Below you will see your name and e-mail (s).
Now you can (1) tap your name to change it and (2) share your email, choose another email associated with your Apple ID or your Hide email completely. To change your name, simply tap your name and enter a new name. You cannot leave this blank, so you must enter something.
If you want to hide your e-mail from the third-party app / site, tap "Hide my e-mail". You will see where your e-mails are forwarded (your primary Apple ID e-mail address) if that service decides to contact you. If you do not want to hide your email, tap & # 39; Share my email & # 39; and choose from different e-mails (if applicable).
When you're done, tap the "Continue" button at the bottom of the screen and then use Touch ID, Face ID or an access code to confirm that you want to log in with your Apple ID. Your account will be created automatically and you can then start using the service.
If you need to log out and have to log in again, tap the Apple Log in button again and use Face ID, Touch ID or password to confirm.
If you also have an Android (or Windows) device (in addition to an Apple device), you can log in to third-party websites with Log in with Apple. Unfortunately this does not work for apps downloaded from the Play Store, but you can do it from your desired web browser.
Go to a participating third-party service (we use Kayak) and find Log in with Apple button, which always contains the Apple logo (text and color may vary). Tap it and then enter your Apple ID email address and password.