Shoring up the Digital Defense

While there are many things that make human beings’ skill-set special, none can be deemed as more valuable than our ability to find solutions. You see, when someone is capable of finding a way through every single situation, they eventually set themselves up to hit upon some notable milestones. This is proven by all what we have achieved so far, with one testimony coming from a creation called technology. Technology’s emergence was a pivotal moment in our history, considering it brought a skill-set that we had never seen before, and most notably, it brought that to our whole spectrum. Nevertheless, despite the unprecedented ability in play here, the creation won’t quite turn out to be flawless. In fact, people will soon enough find various inroads through which they could use technology to fulfil their own ulterior motives. This dynamic has only gotten worse over time, but to tell you the truth, Apple’s recent move might just instigate a major power shift moving forward.

Amidst the growing cybersecurity concerns, Apple has officially unveiled a new feature called Lockdown Mode, which is designed to protect high-profile users against sophisticated spyware such as Pegasus. Set to launch this fall, the lockdown mode will shore up the device’s defence by turning off several features when not in use, therefore limiting the potential surface for attack. If we talk at a more granular level, it will disable many preview features in iMessage, limit JavaScript on the Safari browser, prevent new configuration profiles from being installed, block wired connections, while also shutting down incoming Apple services’ requests. The mode is going to available on iPhones, iPads, as well as Apple Macs. Talk about the supported software version, the function is expected to work alongside iOS 16, iPadOS 16, and macOS Ventura, at least for now. Apple’s announcement interestingly comes after a revelation that revolved around how the company’s devices were vulnerable to zero-click attacks, which, like the name suggests, don’t require the user to click on the malicious link. The runner will become so serious that even US lawmakers will enter the picture to pressurize Apple into taking an action. Now, after working for months, the tech giant has finally provided a foolproof answer, and it’s so confident about it that the company will pay $2 million to anyone who can locate a loophole in the feature.

“While the vast majority of users will never be the victims of highly targeted cyberattacks, we will work tirelessly to protect the small number of users who are,” said Ivan Krstić, Apple’s head of security engineering and architecture. “Lockdown Mode is a groundbreaking capability that reflects our unwavering commitment to protecting users from even the rarest, most sophisticated attacks.”

 

 

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