Apple introduced Lockdown Mode, which is designed to protect users from cyber attacks, data theft and spyware. The company noted that the mode will be useful for activists, politicians, journalists and other public figures. Lockdown Mode will become part of iOS 16, iPadOS 16 and macOS Ventura, and anyone can activate it.
Lockdown Mode includes:
disabling preview links in messages and blocking attachments;
blocking incoming invitations from unknown users in FaceTime and other services;
blocking data transmission over the wire with the screen of the device turned off;
ban on installing a gadget configuration profile.
Cupertino noted that they will continue to develop the protection mode and add new features. The company also expanded the Apple Security Bounty program and will pay rewards for vulnerabilities found in Lockdown Mode. In addition, the company has doubled the amount of payments in other areas of security. Now the maximum amount of remuneration is 2 million dollars.
The company believes that the new security features will help protect vulnerable users from highly targeted cyberattacks. First of all, the regime will be useful for activists, journalists and politicians, who are often the target of hackers. Lockdown Mode will be available in fall 2022 with the release of iOS 16, iPadOS 16, and macOS Ventura.