When you receive your first Apple product, after the immense satisfaction of removing the packaging, the Cupertino company will ask you to create an Apple ID. This one will follow you all the time like an Apple Watch on your wrist.
It is absolutely necessary to protect it and control what third-party applications have access to.
What is the Apple account used for?
The Apple ID allows you to use all Apple services (iCloud, App Store, Apple Music, etc.) with the same ID and the same account. On the latter, the e-mail address and passwords as well as all the information concerning your contacts, your payments and the security of this account will be recorded.
You then understand the need to protect information as vital as your bank details or your own address.
Besides that, it is this account that allows the synchronization of all your Apple products with each other.
It is thanks to it that you will be able to copy text from the iPhone and paste it on the Mac, send music to your HomePod from the Apple Watch, find a document saved in the Mac desktop on your iPad … there are many possibilities.
Thus, you will be able to consult and manage everything from a single account with a single password.. Once again, you understand the importance of ensuring the total security of this account.
So, choose your password well, do not communicate it to anyone (really nobody, not even your banker, your lawyer or your wife) and control what third-party apps do with it.
There are 3 ways to see what the apps you use know about you and how control what they have access to.
Manage the apps that let you search
Here you will learn how to manage how apps communicate your email address to other users of the same app.
- First, go to the site iCloud.com and access your account with your Apple IDs.
2. Click on Account setting.
3. At the bottom of the page, click Manage the apps that find you. You will then be able to see a list of iOS, iPadOS, and macOS apps that allow other users of those apps to search for you by the email address associated with your Apple ID.
Manage which apps access your personal data
Without doubt the most important: the protection of your personal data and how apps use them.
- You don’t have to share all your photos with Facebook
- You don’t have to give Youtube full access to your mic
- You don’t have to give Google free access to your camera
You have control over it all, so take it! Here is how to do it.
1.In Settings, touch Confidentiality.
2. In Confidentiality, you can see a list of all your personal data (contacts, microphone, camera…). When you click on each one, you will be able to control its use.
In the tab Pictures, you see for example that Facebook only has access to the photos that I want to share with this social network. So, Facebook does not have access to my entire photo library.
Manage the apps you use with Connect with Apple
Finally, you can find out which apps are using your Apple ID. The procedure is very simple.
- Go to Settings then touch your last name.
2. Then touch Password and security.
3. In Password and security, touch Apps using Apple ID.
4. By clicking on the application, you will be able to see which address this app is connected to and if, possibly, you are connected to this app via the option. Sign in with Apple (see below) allowing, among other things, to hide your real e-mail address. Here, Le Monde does not have access to my personal e-mail address.
When using an app or service that is not provided by Apple, how can you be sure that the security of your Apple account will not be compromised? By using an application password of course!
Application passwords allow you to sign in to your account securely when using third-party apps with your Apple ID. For example, you can securely access the information you store in iCloud through iCloud for Windows.
The main advantage is that these application passwords allow a high level of security to be maintained by Preventing your Apple ID password from being stored by third-party apps you use.
In order to use in-app passwords, your Apple ID must be protected with two-factor authentication.
Generate an app password
- Connect to the My Apple ID page.
2. In the Security section, click Generate a password …
3. Follow the instructions on the screen.
4. After you’ve created the app password, type or paste it into the appropriate app field.
Warning : All in-app passwords are automatically revoked when you change or reset the master password linked to your Apple ID.
Sign in with Apple : Why you should adopt it?
It’s annoying having to create a new account for every new apps you use. You-you’ve all logged in with Facebook before. Conveniently, all your information is automatically filled in and you don’t have to do anything. But, Facebook’s inability to protect our personal data has long been established.
Fortunately, with much more guarantee on security, Apple now offers us the same service : Sign in with Apple (= Sign in with Apple).
Why does this service offer you more security? Because his whole system is based on a total encryption of your data that even Apple does not have access to.
Unlike Facebook, Apple will not share with the newly installed app your friend list, your interests, your religion, your romantic situation … simply because the Cupertino company does not hold the personal information you have. registered on Facebook.
The app you just downloaded won’t know anything about you, not even your email address if you choose to hide it.
Furthermore, the use of Sign in with Apple is childish :
- All you have to do is click on this tab when it is offered in the app you just downloaded and you are asked to create an account.
- Then you decide whether or not to share your email address with the app. If you decline, the app will only have a randomly generated address. This fake address will send the information back to your real email address.
- You then type in your password (otherwise TouchID or FaceID will do just fine). And voila !
Don’t let all apps use your privacy as they see fit. You now have the keys to protect you.