Apple announces new security features


Leading technology company, Apple has made big improvements to the security and privacy of their devices as revealed during an announcement at the Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in June.

In the keynote, the company showcased different new security features like a new privacy dashboard for iOS devices, on-device Siri audio processing, passwordless login and much more. With more and more people accessing the internet, especially because of the COVID-19 crisis, staying safe online has become a priority.

For example, for those who enjoy sport betting, these new features by Apple would provide an additional layer of security on top of those already provided by reputable online betting sites. Here are some of the top security features announced by the Cupertino-based company.

Microphone indication in macOS

Since iOS 14 was launched, iPhone users could keep track of which apps accessed their microphone with an orange or green dot on the status bar. Now, that feature has also been made available on Apple’s desktop devices.

With macOS Monterey, users can now finally see which apps are using their microphone via the Control Center and according to reports, this feature will complete the green light that appears when a MacBook’s webcam is in use.

Advanced Fraud Protection for Apple Pay

Now more than ever before, payment fraud has become quite rampant, largely due to the pandemic and Apple is working on protecting its users.

The company has unveiled an Advanced Fraud Protection feature that would allow Apple Card users to quickly generate new security codes in their Wallet App when making purchases online.

Passwordless login with iCloud Keychain

Like many other technology companies, Apple is working on a secure ecosystem with the complication of passwords.

During a developer session, the company a new authentication method that doesn’t require passwords and is backed by Touch ID, Face ID and WebAuthn.

“Because it’s just a single tap to sign in, it’s simultaneously easier, faster and more secure than almost all common forms of authentication today,” said Garrett Davidson, an Apple authentication experience engineer during the event.

While still in its early stages, the move is a big sign of the massive tilt from improved password security to the elimination of passwords entirely.

Unlock devices using Siri on Apple Watch

Since the pandemic struck, wearing masks has become a norm and for many iPhone users, unlocking their phone using Face ID has become quite inconvenient.

To solve this problem, Apple has introduced an “Unlock with Apple Watch” feature in iOS 14.5 that allows users to both unlock their iPhone and equally authenticate their Apple Pay payments using their Apple Watch rather than Face ID.

Deleting all content and settings on MacBook

Before now, wiping a MacBook was a tedious task that involved you deleting the contents on your device completely and reinstalling macOS. Now with the new changes announced by Apple, users can easily restore their MacBook to factory settings in just one click.

“System Preferences now offers an option to erase all user data and user-installed apps from the system, while maintaining the operating system currently installed,” said Apple. “Because storage is always encrypted on Mac systems with Apple Silicon or the T2 chip, the system is instantly and securely ‘erased’ by destroying the encryption keys.”

While this option has been available on the iPhone and iPad for years, Apple is bringing it to macOS Monterey as well.