Don’t give out your iTunes Connect password so easily!

We iOS and Mac developers love our sales and download numbers.

We love them so much that we will gladly give our iTunes Connect password to any company that provides shinny graphs of them.

You know you love them.

You know you love them.

There’s absolutely no need to give out your main password to services like AppFigures, App Annie or Mopapp. I’m sure these companies mean well and invest heavily in protecting your information. Unfortunately, in order to extract the data from iTunes Connect they’re forced to store a (hopefully encrypted) copy of your password. And we already know how that might end, don’t we?

It’s simple and you probably know how to do it already. iTunes Connect supports having multiple users for the same account, with different roles. Within iTunes Connect, go to Manage Users and select iTunes Connect User.

iTunes Connect screenshot

Then provide a descriptive name and an email address which needs to be different from yours.¬†Fortunately, you don’t event need to have a different email account. If you’re using Gmail, just add a + suffix to the local part of your email address. Like this:

johndoe+appfigures@gmail.com

iTunes Connect will accept this as a different email address and all emails will go your inbox.

Finally, select the Finance or Sales role (as needed) and skip all notifications. Apple will send an activation email to your email account (if you used the + suffix).

Before clicking on the activation link you need to logoff from iTunes Connect (or open it in a new browser). Provide a password (a new one, of course) and presto, now you have a shinny new iTunes Connect user with limited access to your account.

Give this user to the App Annies of the world. If anything goes south, you can simply remove it form iTunes Connect.

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