iOS apps that access iCloud will soon require unique passwords

Any third-party app which accesses iCloud data for contacts,
calendar, and mail messages will require an app-specific
password, starting next month.

If you only use Apple apps to access iCloud data, you don’t
need to worry. If, however, you use third-party apps such as
Microsoft Outlook, here’s what you need to know:

In an email sent out to users, Apple writes that:

“Beginning on 15 June, app-specific passwords will be
required to access your iCloud data using third-party apps
such as Microsoft Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird, or other
mail, contacts and calendar services not provided by
Apple. If you are already signed in to a third-party app
using your primary Apple ID password, you will be signed out
automatically when this change takes effect. You will need to
generate an app-specific password and sign in again.”

As a result of the change, users who hope to continue using
third-party apps which access iCloud data must enable
two-factor authentication, and then generate individual
passwords for every app. For information about how to enable
two-factor authentication,
check out our post here
. If you’re a new user
running iOS 10.3 or later, two-factor
authentication should be set up as default.

To generate app-specific passwords, users must sign into their
Apple ID account here,
then go App-Specific Passwords and click Generate Password.

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