Over the years, Apple has worked hard to build a reputation for privacy and user safety. That's why Apple thinks you should use your Apple account rather than other options to connect.
Let's find out what the connection with Apple ID has to offer and how it works.
1. What is the connection with Apple?
You can use your Apple ID, the same one you use on iPhone, to connect to Apple Music and other Apple services, wherever you see the option to connect with Apple.
With the feature recently released, expect more sites to follow suit and incorporate this option in the future. Apple is rather optimistic and its adoption should not be a problem. It runs on macOS, watchOS, iOS and tvOS, covering the entire Apple ecosystem, but also supports Windows, Android and others.
2. How to use it
Yes, you must keep some things in mind before you can use Connect to Apple and it's for your safety. Let's see if we can find a decent New Year's reservation in the land of sun, sand, sea and spiritual pursuit – Goa. Open Kayak.com or any site that supports Apple's Single Sign On (SSO), and then click the Continue With Apple button.
You will be asked to enter the 2FA code, mandatory and also useful to protect your identity and data.
You should see a pop-up window on your iPhone or iPad, depending on the 2FA code you have configured. If you have not already done so, see point 3 below for how to configure it.
You can now choose to trust this browser or not. Select Trust if you are using a laptop or cell phone, otherwise.
This is where the magic begins and we are aware of the seriousness of the problems of protection of the confidentiality and the safety of the users.
Apple will ask you whether or not you want to share your email id. If you use Facebook or Google to sign in, you can rest assured that your data will be used to attract advertising dollars. Here, forget the data, you can even protect your email ID.
When you select the Hide My Email option and click Continue, Apple generates a fake email ID on the fly and forwards all emails via this one to your actual registered Apple ID. Above is mine, as can be seen in the Account section of the site.
Another benefit of this is the removal of spam. No matter how cautious you are, hackers and spammers always find ways to send you lottery tickets with millions of millions of dollars waiting for you. Whatever it is, here is the mail in my Gmail inbox hidden by this fake email ID.
Google also allows you to receive emails using a proxy, but they are not exactly anonymous. Let's say your email ID is John Doe on gmail.com. You can also login with the help of John Doe + Kayak on gmail.com to receive emails, but adding a random phrase after your real username has no meaning.
3. Activate 2FA
Open Settings on iPhone or iPad and click on your profile logo. Select Password and Security.
In my case, 2FA was already activated and I can not reactivate or reactivate it now. I think this was done in iOS 13, or maybe because I already use Sign in with Apple. Whatever it is, it's quite simple. Select Enable Two-Factor Authentication and enter the iPhone / iPad authentication code when prompted. Enter your trusted phone number. I recommend feeding the number of your iPhone, check with the text or call. Enter the verification code you received and you're done. You have finished.
You can also use Face or Touch ID to connect with Apple. I prefer the 2FA code. The use of 2FA will also protect all the accounts you have created using the connection feature with Apple. Cool.
4. Where to use it
Developers are not required to implement the connection feature with Apple until April 2020 (in the case of iOS and macOS applications). So, there is still time. However, sooner or later, you will see it everywhere. If you are a developer, consult the dedicated documents to add it.
You can view and manage all the sites and applications you've used Connect with Apple, with or without a fake ID under Password and Security Option under Apple IDs.
Connect with Apple
It's a pretty long name. Why not log in to Apple? The giant from Cupertino did a great job. The whole process is transparent and can be managed as quickly and easily. Apple promises not to use your data, and I think I believe them. They will only keep the necessary information to help you log in without registering or tracking your profile.
Then: Do you want to be even more secure? Click the link below to learn how to improve the security of your Apple devices.