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Apple Bringing Lockdown Mode to Its Devices to Protect Users Against Spyware

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Apple recently released the Apple rolled out iOS 16 beta 3, at the same time the company also announced a new feature for the forthcoming software update. Specifically, Apple is working on a new feature called Lockdown Mode on iOS 16, iPadOS 16, and macOS Ventura.

According to Apple, “ Lockdown Mode is an extreme, optional protection for the very small number of users who face grave, targeted threats to their digital security”. The most notable aspect of the new update is it will even prevent NSO Group from targeting individuals with its sophisticated spyware. It is important to note that Apple has already sued the Israeli technology firm.

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iOS 16 brings Lockdown Mode to iPhone

It is worth mentioning that most Apple users will never become a target of any cyberattacks. However, the few whole might become, the company is offering protection in form of Lockdown Mode. The new mode “hardens device defenses” and “strictly limits certain functionalities,” according to the company.

Here are some of the most notable aspects of the Lockdown Mode in iOS 16:

  • Messages: Moving forward, almost all types of message attachments are blocked. Plus, features like preview are also disabled.
  • Web browsing: JIT JavaScript compilation is blocked until the user specifies otherwise.
  • Apple services: Users won’t be able to FaceTime you unless you have previously sent them a call or a request.
  • Apple has also blocked wired connections with computers or accessories when iPhone is locked. 
  • While Lockdown Mode is activated, users cannot install configuration profiles. Plus, the device cannot be enrolled in mobile device management (MDM).

Lockdown Mode will eventually receive more safeguards, according to Apple. Additionally, Apple is also adding a new category to Apple’s Security Bounty program to reward researchers for discovering workarounds and bolstering the function. For these discoveries, rewards are doubled and can reach a maximum of $2,000,000.

Steps to use the new feature in iOS 16

First of all, you have to launch the Lockdown Mode. After that you have to follow the below steps:

  1. Go to Setting on iPhone or iPad or System Settings on Mac.
  2. Click on Privacy and Security.
  3. When prompted towards next screen, click on Lockdown Mode.
  4. Then Turn On & Restart.

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