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App-specific passwords soon required to access your iCloud data

An Apple Support email unveiled today shows that accessing user data saved in iCloud without Apple ID credentials and using app-specific passwords are compulsory for all native third-party apps for iPhone, iPad, Mac and other platforms.

App-specific passwords started being applied in October 2014. Then, as soon as you enabled two-step verification for Apple ID, app-specific passwords for web-based apps and services would be turned on. But on 15th next month, all native apps that would like to access user data in iCloud, will have to use app-specific passwords without any other options. Those app passwords can be generated in the Password & Security section of the Apple ID website. If you create a password for a specific app like Outlook, you cannot use it for a different app like Spark.

Starting from June 15, all the apps which use your Apple ID credentials will automatically sign out of your accounts on those apps. For instance, supposing that you want to access your iCloud calendars and you have to set up Fantastical for Mac with your Apple ID, it is very necessary to generate an app-specific password. Without it, you cannot go on signing in your iCloud calendars from within the app on and after June 15.

Besides, Apply may require you to enable two-factor authentication for your Apple ID and generate personal passwords for separate apps after June 15.

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In case you are using Windows 10’s Mail app to access your iCloud data, notably contacts and calendars, it is also essential to create an app-specific password for it. Actually, this app specific password brings you more benefits, compared to your primary Apple ID password. Specifically, it protects you from being exposed to abundant attacks and hacking potentials.

It is obvious that only apps which approach iCloud in a non-native way, including email clients like Outlook, Thunderbird and more, are impacted. As to other apps which have been updated to use iCloud Drive, creating an app-specific password is unnecessary. Last but not least, as to grant apps, now you still can access your iCloud data without an app specific password. As to Apple’s first-party apps, everything is still as usual.