Apple iOS 16 Lockdown Mode Designed to Counter Threats Like Pegasus

Posted on July 14, 2022 by Russell Smith in Podcasts, This Week in IT with 3 Comments

What is Apple iOS 16 Lockdown Mode and should you use it when it becomes available in September?

What is Apple iOS 16 Lockdown Mode?

This Week in IT, Russell Smith looks at Apple’s new Lockdown Mode for iOS 16, iPadOS 16, and macOS Ventura. It is designed to protect you against targeted attacks launched by nation states. And mercenary spyware, like Pegasus. Lockdown Mode is primarily aimed at journalists, high profile figures, and dissidents. But it can be used by anyone who wants a more secure device.

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3 responses to “Apple iOS 16 Lockdown Mode Designed to Counter Threats Like Pegasus”

  1. wright_is

    The problem is, you can either have a convenient, friendly experience that does everything, or you can have a secure experience. It is always a trade-off.

    At home, I block 3.5 million domains, mainly tracking, malware and phishing domains. It makes some sites unusable, but it makes me safer online or not as tracked (for example, some 2,500 Meta domains are blocked, including all the Facebook tracking and advertising domains), plus Google analytics etc.

    Some sites complain I have an adblocker installed, I don't, they can show me adverts, if they want to, they just can't contact their tracking domains.

  2. Russell Smith

    As in the rest of life, security is always a trade off. But I think Apple is doing the right thing here. Giving people the option without having to resort to third-party solutions. Which I guess there are none/few for iOS?

    • wright_is

      Exactly. I won't need it in my daily life, but it is reassuring to know, if my circumstances change, I can switch it on. Maybe, over time, some of the features become less intrusive and can be optionally used by normal people.

      Stopping spamming of chat with messages from unknown sources would be a boon for many, I'm sure.