2014/10/12

How to sync iCloud with Outlook: using two-step verification and app password?


How to sync iCloud with Outlook: using iCloud two-step verification and app password?


You may have heard of Snowden’s incident and Hollywood celebrity’s naked photos. Particularly, celebrity’s photos spread out like snowflakes on Internet due to hackers breaking into users’ iCloud accounts.

Here is a quote from Apple:

If you use iCloud with any third party apps (such as Microsoft Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird, or BusyCal) you can generate app-specific passwords that allow you to sign in securely, even if the app you're using doesn't support two-step verification. Using an app-specific password also ensures that your primary Apple ID password isn't collected or stored by any third party apps you might use. Starting on October 1, 2014, app-specific passwords will be required to sign in to iCloud using any third party apps.


Before Apple’s announcement, two-step-verification and app password have already been deployed by Google and Yahoo!.




These security mechanisms seem to be popular trends. Two-step verification sends out cellular text message containing confirmation code. After we enter the code on Apple’s verifying website, our identities are proven legit. Now, we are able to create app password and use it to access our iCloud data within third-party applications.

For deploying Apple’s Two-step-verification and app password, please refer to instructions in Apple’sFAQ about two-step-verification for Apple ID. One reminder is that you must enable 2-step-verification before obtaining an app password.

Outlook is one of the popular third-party applications that require app password in order to access Gmail, Yahoo! and iCloud. Outlook users may enter app password to retrieve e-mails through Outlook’s built-in IMAP or POP. For CardDAV and CalDAV, they may use the same app password on Outlook add-in, such as EVO Collaborator for Outlook, to retrieve their Contacts, Calendars and Tasks.

Nevertheless, if you do have a serious need of keeping NSA intrusion or hackers off limit, both on-premises mail server and CardDAV/CalDAV server are really what you are looking for. EVO Mail Server is one of your options that integrate all email messaging, contacts, calendars, and tasks in one package. Download from EVO Official Site and try it out.

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