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How Apple iOS 16 Lockdown Mode Works? How to Activate it?

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Apple finally rolls out iOS 16 to millions of iPhone users. iOS 16 brings with it a number of fresh features. It includes 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

It 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 cyber espionage tools like Pegasus? We explain Apple’s new iOS 16 security feature.

What does iOs 16 Lockdown Mode?

According to Apple, Lockdown Mode is extreme but optional protection that should be activated only when you feel your device has been targeted by a cyber attack. What the Lockdown Mode does is that it strictly limits the functionalities of websites, apps, and some features on the iPhone. Other features on your phones may also be completely unusable for security reasons. If you don’t suspect any form of spying or cyber-attacks targeted at your phone, you don’t necessarily have to activate it.

It offers an additional layer of security to users who are at risk of being targeted by Pegasus and other sophisticated advanced spyware. Apple calls Lockdown “extreme” and when enabled many of the iPhone features to get disabled – a trade-off for such a security feature.

For example, when users temporarily enable Lockdown mode on their phones, it switches off link previews in text messages. It will hide a person’s anonymity by obtaining their IP addresses. The feature doesn’t block a link, just the preview. So users can still copy and paste the web address into their browser. Lockdown mode also disables certain features in Safari that might affect some websites.

How to Activate Lockdown Mode on your iPhone?

I will list the step-by-step guide to help you easily activate your Lockdown Mode. Follow this guide on your device should in case the need arises.

  • The first thing to do is to open the settings app on your iPhone
  • Next, scroll to Privacy And Security.
  • On the next screen, scroll down to Lockdown Mode.
  • Now you can select the Lockdown Mode option.
  • On the next page, you will receive a pop-up message to confirm your selection.
  • After that, just tap on restart or restart the device manually.

Once you complete the reboot process, your phone will go into Lockdown mode. To deactivate the Lockdown Mode, you can also go through the same process.

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