Lockdown mode is a new security feature that Apple has introduced in an effort to protect customers against spyware that invades their privacy, such as Pegasus. As the name implies, the mode restricts a number of capabilities in an effort to increase the security of Apple devices, including iPhones, iPads, and Macs running macOS Ventura and iOS 16.
Lockdown Mode to Arrive with iOS 16 and macOS 13 Ventura
Messages, online surfing, wired connections, setup profiles, and Apple services like FaceTime are all now promised to be protected by lockdown mode. With the exception of photos, the option will block most message attachment types once it is enabled. Links in message previews will also be lost.
The defence against incoming invitations and service requests in Apple services, such as FaceTime calls, is also covered. Whenever a phone invite comes in from someone you haven’t spoken to before, the mode immediately rejects it. In Lockdown mode, you are also unable to enrol in mobile device management (MDM) or install configuration profiles.
“Lockdown Mode offers an extreme, optional level of security for the very few users who, because of who they are or what they do, may be personally targeted by some of the most sophisticated digital threats, such as those from NSO Group and other private companies developing state-sponsored mercenary spyware,” wrote Apple in its press release.
With the release of iOS 16, iPadOS 16, and macOS Ventura this autumn, lockdown mode will be available for iPhones, iPads, and Macs. In the future, Apple wants to add more safeguards to the mode. A new security bounty programme with prizes of up to $2,000,000 has also been introduced by the Cupertino behemoth for researchers who can get around Lockdown mode.