iOS 16’s New Security Features for iPhones

Apple’s latest OS update, released Monday, includes new features aimed at facilitating user privacy and cybersecurity. Below you’ll find a quick overview of what those features are and what they do.

  • Lockdown Mode: Switches off core features of your iPhone temporarily, in order to deter spyware makers from remotely adding spyware onto your device. This is helpful for at-risk groups of people including activists, journalists and politicians.
  • Rapid Security Response: Lets your smartphone install security fixes as soon as they’re released by Apple. This lets users gain emergency security updates without having to fully install an update every time.
  • Safety Check: Immediately cuts all shared access to accounts and data, intended to be used in the event of an abusive spousal relationship. Includes an emergency reset option.
  • Passkeys: Sign into a website and app using your device instead of a password. Authenticate with Face ID or Touch ID.
  • Copy and Paste Permission: Blocks apps from accessing your phone’s clipboard. Apps can’t automatically see the text or content you’ve most recently copied. Prevents applications from automatically reading passwords or other sensitive information without your permission.

These new implementations are a step in the right direction when it comes to maintaining cybersecurity best practices.

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