[MlMt] iCloud accounts require an app specific password starting June 15th

Benny Kjær Nielsen mailinglist at freron.com
Sat Jun 10 01:26:02 EDT 2017

On 9 Jun 2017, at 20:03, Verdon Vaillancourt wrote:

> I wasn’t quite remembering correctly. Following is the email I 
> received…


> ======================
> Thank you for using two-step verification to protect the security of 
> your Apple ID.
> If you install the iOS 11 or macOS High Sierra public betas this 
> summer and meet the basic requirements, your Apple ID (xxxxxx) will be 
> automatically updated to use two-factor authentication. This is our 
> most advanced, easy-to-use account security, and it’s required to 
> use some of the latest features of iOS, macOS, and iCloud.

It appears they are now forcing users to stop using two-step 
verification (instead of two-step authentication).

> Once updated, you’ll get the same extra layer of security you enjoy 
> with two-step verification today, but with an even better user 
> experience. Verification codes will be displayed on your trusted 
> devices automatically whenever you sign in, and you will no longer 
> need to keep a printed recovery key to make sure you can reset a 
> forgotten password.
> For more information, read Two-Factor Authentication for Apple ID. If 
> you have additional questions, visit Apple Support.
> Apple Support
> ===================
> The information page can be found at
> <https://support.apple.com/en-ca/HT204915>

That page says: “The older two-step verification feature continues to 
work separately for users who are already enrolled.”

But if those already enrolled are forced to switch then it does look 
like two-step verification is now being retired. The question is what 
happens with devices which do not support two factor authentication, 
e.g., anything with an OS older than El Capitan.


Oh, they answer that as well: “What if I use two-factor authentication 
on a device running older software?
If you use two-factor authentication with devices running older OS 
versions, you might be asked to add your six-digit verification code to 
the end of your password when signing in. Get your verification code 
from a trusted device running iOS 9 and later or OS X El Capitan and 
later, or have it sent to your trusted phone number. Then type your 
password followed by the six-digit verification code directly into the 
password field.”

In other words, you *must* have at least 1 device with at least iOS 9 
and/or El Capitan to enable two-factor authentication. If two-factor 
authentication is required to create application specific passwords and 
application specific passwords become mandatory then this also becomes a 
requirement for using MailMate with an iCloud email account.

-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: <http://lists.freron.com/pipermail/mailmate/attachments/20170610/fd0b3c99/attachment.html>

More information about the mailmate mailing list