Lockdown Mode Safety, With A $2 Million Bug Bounty
If you missed it, Apple announced a brand new security feature which will arrive with iOS/iPadOS 16 and macOS Ventura. The feature, called Lockdown Mode, will protect your iThing by disabling a wide variety of services when enabled. After you enable it you won’t be able to download attachments, or accept FaceTime calls from unknown parties. The fruity silicon will also refuse to accept wired connections to computers or peripherals.
This is specifically intended to block Pegasus malware and it’s descendants, but should help mitigate against other attacks, at least for now. If you can break into a phone with Lockdown Mode Apple is offering up to a $2 million bug bounty, an impressive amount compared to most other offerings for security researchers.
Apple's latest security feature won't be used by most of its customers, but those who need Lockdown Mode could find it to be a literal life saver.