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Apple calls Lockdown “extreme” and when enabled many of the iPhone features get disabled - a trade-off for such a security feature.

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HomeTechnologyWhat is Apple’s ‘Lockdown’ mode on iPhone and who should really activate it?


What is Apple’s ‘Lockdown’ mode on iPhone and who should really activate it?

Apple calls Lockdown “extreme” and when enabled many of the iPhone features get disabled - a trade-off for such a security feature.











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New Delhi | Updated: September 20, 2022 7:43:33 am



































Lockdown mode, which is now available with iOS 16, isn't for everyone. (Image credit: Anuj Bhatia/Indian Express)Apple began rolling out the latest iOS 16 software update to millions of iPhones last week coinciding with the worldwide availability of the iPhone 14 series. iOS 16 brings with it a number of fresh features such as an interactive lock screen and the ability to edit and unsend recently sent iMessages. But, while many of the new features introduced with iOS 16 aren’t specific to users, the new security feature called “Lockdown” mode offers additional protection to Apple device owners who may be at risk from targeted cyberattacks. But what is the new lockdown mode on the iPhone and what does it do to protect users from cyberespionage tools like Pegasus? We explain Apple’s new iOS 16 security feature.

For years, Apple has marketed its iPhones as the most secured devices on the planet – and it continues to do so. But last year a consortium of journalists published The Pegasus Project, which showed over 30,000 human rights activists, journalists and lawyers across the world, including in India, may have been targeted by Israel-based NSO group’s spyware Pegasus.

The malware did not spare iPhones either and attacked users through a variety of exploits, including several iOS zero-click zero-days. Pegasus allows users to remotely extract a phone’s contents, tap into the camera and microphone and access calls, location information, photographs and messages without their knowledge – and without a victim even clicking on a link.

In September, though, Apple did fix a security hole that Pegasus exploited for installation on iPhones. In November, the United States took strict action by blacklisting the NSO Group, the Israeli company that created Pegasus.

This was followed by a lawsuit filed by Apple against the makers of Pegasus, accusing the NSO Group of “flagrant violations of US federal and state law,” on grounds related to the damage caused by spyware on Apple devices.

https://indianexpress.com/article/technology/what-is-apples-lockdown-mode-on-iphone-ios-16-8157732/


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