The iPhone 14 Pro’s newest security feature may appeal to CEOs and politicians with high-risk data they want to protect.
- Apple revealed the new models for its iPhone 14 Pro at its annual Far Out event on September 7.
- The new phone includes features like Emergency Satellite Connectivity.
- It also released iOS 16.1 on October 24 for all current iPhone models.
- Among its new features and improvements, it comes with improved cybersecurity upgrades from previous iPhone models and operating systems (iOS).
- “Lockdown Mode” is available for iPhone 14 models and allows the phone to block malware attacks and intrusion attempts while still keeping messaging available.
Why it’s Important
Apple is famous for having one of the most secure operating systems of any tech developer and regularly releases bug fixes and security patches for its current iOS. While the newer phones may be popular for longer battery life or improved camera features, Apple’s new Lockdown Mode may appeal to cybersecurity-conscious users.
“This tool enables an extreme level of protection that prevents malware from accessing your phone, blocking most message attachment types, FaceTime calls, and more. While in Lockdown Mode, phone calls, plain text messages, and emergency features will continue to work,” says CNBC.
“You are not expected to use this feature, unless you are, or soon plan to become, a CEO or head of state … But the feature may be enticing to a broader base of security-minded individuals.”
Lockdown Mode is an extreme security feature not intended for general use but it may be appealing to people who work with high-risk data or who regularly fear cybersecurity incidents.
“It’s only meant for a small section of users who might be targeted by a nation-state threat actor. That being said, it could be a CEO for a company … [an] official in the government, and that ability to lockdown the device and prevent execution or access to data on your phone could be critical,” says Center for Internet Security CTO Kathleen Moriarty.