Pro­tect your­self

Get to grips with new pass­word safety mea­sures

Mac Format - - FEATURE / IOS 12 SUPERGUIDE -

Pass­word prac­tices of­ten leave a lot to be de­sired, many of us reusing the same pass­word in mul­ti­ple places. If just one sites suf­fers a breach, you run the risk of those cre­den­tials be­ing tried on other sites and ser­vices to gain ac­cess to even more of your in­for­ma­tion.

So, iOS 12 does a few sim­ple things to en­cour­age you to adopt bet­ter habits. When cre­at­ing an ac­count on a web­site, iOS 11 would ask if you wanted it to cre­ate a se­cure pass­word, but of­fered the op­tion of can­celling and choos­ing your own.

The dif­fer­ence in iOS 12 is sub­tle. The phras­ing in its di­a­log tells you it has gone ahead and gen­er­ated a strong pass­word, though it doesn’t sub­mit it to the web­site or app un­til you al­low it. You re­tain the op­tion of re­ject­ing it and set­ting your own pass­word, but the slight change of phrase may en­cour­age you to let it have its way.

Ide­ally, you would never share an ac­count’s cre­den­tials with any­one else. You cer­tainly wouldn’t want to en­able some­one else, even your kids, to have ac­cess to your email and pay­ment method for the App Store, for ex­am­ple. But, some ser­vices – Net­flix, say – are built in a way that en­cour­ages shar­ing one ac­count and set­ting up mul­ti­ple pro­files within it for fam­ily mem­bers.

Rather than us­ing a method that risks in­ter­cep­tion, iOS 12 en­ables you to share a set of cre­den­tials over Air­Drop, which es­tab­lishes an en­crypted con­nec­tion di­rectly between two Ap­ple de­vices – how to do this is de­scribed to the right.

Not keen on iOS’s built-in pass­word man­ager? Look out for up­dates to third­party al­ter­na­tives; de­vel­op­ers are now able to con­nect to the key­board’s Quick­Type bar and pop­u­late it with de­tails from them rather than iCloud Key­chain.

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