Lockdown Mode in iOS 16: 4 brutal costs of going incognito
1. Understanding Lockdown Mode
According to Apple, Lockdown Mode is intended for iPhone and Mac users who believe that they may fall victim to cyber threats organized by “private companies developing state-sponsored mercenary spyware”.
Average users looking to enhance overall security on their iOS and macOS devices should be aware of the day-to-day disadvantages, including extensive limitations to Apple services, web browsing, and messaging.
Activating Lockdown Mode on devices deployed for enterprise use could present even more complications since wired connections and configuration profiles are almost entirely blacklisted.
2. Limitations to Apple services
While in Lockdown Mode, a number of apps, websites, and typical feature workflows are severely limited. In the Messages app, for example, all attachments except for images are blocked and link previews are disabled altogether.
3. Cutting the cable and configuration profiles
4. Activating Lockdown Mode
To turn on Lockdown Mode on the iPhone or the iPad, visit the Settings app and scroll down to select the “Privacy and Security” menu. Scroll down once more to reveal the “Lockdown Mode” button beneath the header that says “SECURITY”. Tap on the button and select “Turn On Lockdown Mode” beneath the disclaimer dialog.
To enable Lockdown Mode on a Mac that is running macOS Ventura, visit the “System Settings” app and then scroll down to select the button that reads “Privacy and Security”. Scroll down to the bottom of the Privacy and Security menu and click “Turn On…” under the Lockdown Mode header.