At Apple’s annual Worldwide Developer Conference last week, the company introduced to world of logins their new privacy-focused alternative for users’ sign-in options provided by Google, Facebook, and Twitter.
Sign In With Apple provides app users another third-party sign-on system which many feel is a better option for security as compared to other social login systems which have been afflicted by security and privacy breaches.
Despite the veiled privacy jab at Google or Facebook’s traditional ‘Sign in with Google’ or ‘Sign in with Facebook’ systems, Google product management director Mark Risher said in an interview with The Verge that:
“I honestly do think this technology will be better for the internet and will make people much, much safer. Even if they’re clicking our competitors button when they’re logging into sites, that’s still way better than typing in a bespoke username and password, or more commonly, a recycled username and password.”
This new tool will allow users to use their Apple ID and iOS device to verify credentials as they login to websites and apps, instead of email addresses or social account logins. The latter methods are often said to be more vulnerable to being tracked online as these types of sign-on services can be used to craft a user profile for targeted ads.
Users can choose not to share their real email as Apple will use the ‘Sign In With Apple’ tool to generate an infinite number of disposable email addresses for the app in question, protecting your real email address.
Apple will then route all the emails from that app to the random, generated email address which the user can choose to disable (the email address) at any time they wish. This way, the only information the app itself is receiving from users when they sign in with Apple is the user’s name associated with their Apple ID, the user’s verified email address (or the random email address that routes email to their inbox).
Other features of Sign In With Apple include; giving users built-in two-factor authentication support tied to Face ID/Touch ID for a second layer of protection and antifraud detection.
Sign In with Apple works natively on iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS, which means it functions across all Apple devices like your Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV, and Apple Watch.
Through the web, it works on any browser such as Windows and Android, which means you can deploy it on your website and in versions of your apps running on other platforms.
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