7/4/10
7:51 am

Forum Question: Does iTunes encrypt login info when accessing the iTunes Store?

Gary

Do you know whether iTunes encrypts the Apple ID and password when accessing the iTunes Store?

I frequently have access only to unencrypted wireless networks (that are not under my control), and while it is obviously unsafe to access e-mail over such a network, is it safe to connect to the iTunes Store?

Thanks
Peter

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Comments: 3 Responses to “Does iTunes encrypt login info when accessing the iTunes Store?”

    7/4/10 @ 7:59 am

    I searched and found at least one mention that iTunes uses SSL encryption when contacting the server. But it wasn’t an official post, just some user saying they thought that was the case.
    I’d have to lean toward that being true, though. I’d imagine Apple would do it, and why not?
    But I can’t find any definitive proof that it is the case.

      Peter Wellings
      7/5/10 @ 6:58 am

      Thanks for investigating, although as an engineer I was taught ‘never ever assume’ :)

        Peter Wellings
        7/10/10 @ 8:14 am

        Gary,

        I found the following text in the iTunes Store Privacy Policy:

        “Apple online services such as the Apple Online Store and iTunes Store use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption on all web pages where personal information is collected. To make purchases from these services, you must use an SSL-enabled browser such as Safari, Firefox, or Internet Explorer. Doing so protects the confidentiality of your personal information while it’s transmitted over the Internet.”

        Which implies that iTunes itself must also use SSL to access the store.

        Regards
        Peter

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