Apple devices, platforms, and services provide world-class security and privacy to our users, with powerful APIs for you to leverage in your own apps.
Face ID and Touch ID
These secure ways to unlock, authenticate, and pay let users quickly access your app with just a glance or a touch of their finger. The Secure Enclave, a hardware-based security processor isolated from the rest of the system, encrypts and protects the user’s data.
Apple Pay provides an easy and secure way to pay using Face ID or Touch ID, or by double-clicking Apple Watch. Users can quickly provide their payment, shipping, and contact information to check out. And because you don’t receive any credit or debit card numbers, you don't need to handle sensitive data when customers use Apple Pay.
Your users can easily sign in to your apps and websites using their Apple ID. Instead of filling out forms, verifying email addresses, and choosing new passwords, they can use Sign in with Apple to set up an account and start using your app right away.
Password AutoFill simplifies login and account creation tasks for iOS and iPadOS apps, as well as websites. With just a few taps, your users can create and save unique, strong passwords or log in to an existing account. They don’t even need to know their password — the system handles everything.
Based on industry standards for account authentication, passkeys replace passwords with cryptographic key pairs, making them easier to use and far more secure. Adopt passkeys to give people a simple, secure way to sign in to your apps and websites across platforms — with no passwords required.
Use Apple’s secure transport API to employ current versions of the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), Transport Layer Security (TLS), and Datagram Transport Layer Security (DTLS) cryptographic protocols for network communications.
Protect against security threats to your iOS, iPadOS, and tvOS apps and reduce fraudulent use of your services by managing device states and asserting app integrity. The DeviceCheck services provide information that you can integrate into an overall antifraud strategy for your app and risk assessment for a given device.
Using the DeviceCheck service, a token on your server can set and query two binary digits of data per device — for example, to flag a device you‘ve determined to be fraudulent — while maintaining user privacy. And with App Attest, you can generate a special cryptographic key on a device running iOS 14,iPadOS 14, and tvOS 15 or later, and use that key to validate the integrity of your app before your server provides access to sensitive data.
Apple platforms protect users with secure code execution. Xcode, Apple’s integrated development environment (IDE), directly provides code signing for iOS, iPadOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS apps that you distribute on the App Store.
Sign your apps with Developer ID
Gatekeeper on macOS helps protect users from downloading and installing malicious software distributed outside the Mac App Store by checking for a Developer ID certificate.
Both the Security framework and Common Crypto rely on the corecrypto library to provide implementations of low-level cryptographic primitives. This is also the library submitted for validation of compliance with U.S. Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) 140-2/-3. Visit the Security Certifications and Compliance Center for up-to-date information on corecrypto validations. Although corecrypto does not directly provide programming interfaces for developers and should not be used by iOS, iPadOS, or macOS apps, the source code is available to allow for verification of its security characteristics and correct functioning.
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