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


Many people use PCs and mobile devices for their daily work these days, so the need for good software protection is more significant than ever. To that end, Apple announced two new initiatives that will help users to combat 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's intended for users who could be the target of the "most sophisticated digital threats". Specifically, the feature will block most attachments in Messages, requests for FaceTime calls, wired connections to a computer, and more. Lockdown mode is available on iOS 16 and macOS Ventura.


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

As you can tell, Apple has indeed come up with some extreme security measures. Do you think Lockdown Mode is something you'd need? Let us know in the comments, and stay tuned to TechNave for more news like this.