The new Apple Lockdown Mode is made to protect iPhones, iPads, and Macs against extensive and targeted attacks.
Apple Lockdown Mode activates “extreme” protections. Later this year, it will be coming to iOS 16, iPadOS 16, and macOS Ventura. This will entail blocking attachments and links’ previews in messages. It will also block FaceTime calls from unfamiliar numbers. Another function the mode will be able to do is disable possible hackable web browsing technologies. It will stop the installation of new remote management software, as well.
When lockdown mode is on, wired connections with computers and accessories will be blocked when an iPhone or iPad is locked.
Apple is offering a $2 million bug bounty for researchers who are able to go around Apple’s Lockdown Mode. It will also provide a $10 million cybersecurity grant to assist organizations which perform mercenary spyware threat research and support.
Although Apple Lockdown Mode can be used by all the company’s users, it was created for those who have the highest potential of being hacked.
“Lockdown Mode is a groundbreaking capability that reflects our unwavering commitment to protecting users from even the rarest, most sophisticated attacks.”