Saturday, January 29, 2022

‘Sign in with Apple’ is another reason to quit Android

In matters privacy, Apple has proved to be the most serious company in keeping user data private. While other companies are building around getting more data from the user, Apple has continuously announced services and solutions that give its customers a better smart experience that’s also more private. And its biggest announcement for me, an Android User, is today’s ‘Sign in with Apple’ feature. I love it!

Just a couple of days ago, I wrote about Google listening to me and recommending a YouTube video based on a conversation with a friend. In that same week, I wrote about /e/ OS that’s providing a future of Android that’s more private and doesn’t rely on Google Services. In both posts, the issue was around privacy and data: the argument being we give so much of our personal information to Google and to Facebook, which they use to track us with ads, etc. 

With ‘Sign in with Apple‘, Apple is changing how iOS users sign in to Apps that often use buttons like ‘Sign in with Google’ and ‘Sign in with Facebook’. Instead of these buttons, users will be getting the ‘Sign in with Apple’ Button that will log in with FaceID without sending personal information to the apps.

In case these apps require personal information like your email address, users will be able to choose whether to share their personal email addresses with the app, or hide it. When users choose to hide their mail, there will be a random address generated by the phone which will be shared by the app, and the random address will then forward emails sent by the app to the user’s official email address. So the app will never get the users personal email address – something we all hate.

The random addresses part is what got me. I want that (but I am on Android). I want such privacy especially when you remember the fact that Facebook tracks you even when you leave the app. Meaning even if you don’t have the app, when you use it to sign in to apps, it’ll probably start tracking you. This solution by Apple, means you can have a life that’s free of Google and Facebook tracking. How it will work with apps people are already signed up for, and how iPhone users will take it up is what I am looking forward to seeing. Also, this is one more reason many privacy-minded people will be looking to quit Android forever. Can Google manage something that assures users of privacy like this?

6,091FansLike
2,887FollowersFollow
16,100SubscribersSubscribe

Leave a Reply

Dickson Otienohttps://tech-ish.com
I love reading emails when bored. I am joking. But do send them to editor@tech-ish.com.

More to read:

M1 MacBooks; Hype or Substance?

We sat down; myself, Chenze (Android Kenya) and Kanali (TechTrendsKe) to discuss the devices, since we all have M1 Powered MacBooks.

One of macOS Monterey’s biggest features is yet to arrive

During WWDC 2021, Apple was very excited about Universal Control - a feature that would enable unmatched continuity across Apple devices.

My Favourite Tech of 2021

This article focuses on tech I used and loved in 2021. There's a lot more of things I didn't use. Hopefully in the new year, my interaction with bigger things in tech will increase.

Apple should keep the M1 MacBook Pro and Air Designs for a while

When Apple redesigned the MacBook in 2016, they made the laptops thinner, removed the ports favouring USB Type-C only, introduced a new keyboard, and Touch Bar

Banks, who benefit most from Free M-Pesa transfers, want CBK to re-introduce charges

The Kenya Bankers Association (KBA) will be lobbying to have the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) re-introduce transactions between Banks and Mobile Money wallets in 2022.

Safaricom goes to court opposing CA’s cheaper interconnection rates

Safaricom in its filing says the CA ignored its own procedures and reached a conclusion before the end of the process it had initiated.