Apple introduces Lockdown Mode, an extreme but optional security protection feature

Many people nowadays use PCs and mobile devices for their daily work, hence the need for good software protection is more significant than ever. To this end, Apple announcement two new initiatives that will help users fight against digital threats.

One of the announced initiatives is on the software side and is called Lockdown Mode. According to the company, lockdown mode offers extreme but optional security. It is aimed at users who might be the target of “the most sophisticated digital threats”. Specifically, the feature will block most attachments in messages, FaceTime call requests, wired connections to a computer, and more. Lockdown Mode is available on iOS 16 and macOS Ventura.

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The second initiative is money, including funding for a new category of the company’s Security Bounty program. Apple will offer bounties to software developers who can find and report any security bypasses to lockdown mode. The company is willing to provide bounties of up to $2 million (~RM8.85 million), making it the highest bounty payout in the software industry. Apple will also provide a grant of US$10 million (~RM44.27 million) to support NSO Group.

As you can see, Apple has indeed implemented extreme security measures. Do you think lockdown mode is something you would need? Let us know in the comments and stay tuned to TechNave for more news like this.

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