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Apple introduced its latest security feature in the WWDC 2019 event. The feature was named as “Sign in with Apple”.

As the name suggests, this feature indeed allows Apple users to log in to the few services or third-party apps using an Apple account (Apple ID). It is alike to the logging in by using Facebook and Google accounts.

If it illustrated, there will be a “Sign in with Apple” button. This is an alternative to the “Sign in with Facebook” or “Sign in with Google” button often found by the users when entering in an app.

The Apple button itself is said to be placed at the top, on the head of the Facebook and Google buttons.

So, what’s the difference between the “Sign in with Apple” button and the Facebook and Google login buttons?

Josh Long, Chief Security Researcher at the Intego Mac Security, explained that the feature that can be called too as Apple’s single sign-on (SSO) has one benefit that is “quirky” compared to Facebook and Google.

One of them is a system mechanism that allows the users to hide their original e-mail from the third-party apps.

When hidden, Apple will make a random e-mail automatically for the users who want to log in to the third-party apps using an Apple account.

Later, Apple will forward info that sent by the third parties to this dummy e-mail directly to the user’s real e-mail.

That way, the third-party app does not know our original e-mail. And cannot extract important info for the benefit of the app. For example, an advertising option.

With this mechanism, Apple claims this feature is safer than SSO offered by Facebook and Google.

The SSO feature itself can be used in all Apple devices. Such as Apple TV, Apple Watch, iPhone, iPad, Mac, etc.

As quoted by KompasTekno from TechCrunch, Monday (10/6/2019).

Even so, it is not yet known what data is collected by Apple for this “Sign in with Apple” feature.

Moreover, there is no detailed information about when this feature will be run by Apple. Let’s wait.


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