Notably, Lockdown Mode now extends to Apple Watch, bolstering device security. This feature selectively disables certain iPhone and Watch functions that have been targeted by spyware, making unauthorized access more challenging.
Lockdown Mode also automatically removes geolocation data from shared photos to protect user privacy.
In addition, iPhones in Lockdown Mode will now block automatic connections to non-secure Wi-Fi networks, reducing the risk of network-based exploits. It also prevents connections to 2G cellular networks, aiming to thwart cellular-based exploits and surveillance.
Safari browser in iOS 17 enhances privacy by stripping tracking information from web addresses, making it harder for websites and advertisers to track user activity. Users can customize this feature in Safari settings, ensuring a seamless browsing experience.
Private browsing is further fortified, requiring user authentication via facial recognition or fingerprint scan to access private tabs.
Passkeys, a phishing-resistant password alternative, receive updates and enable secure sharing among trusted contacts through end-to-end encryption.
A new "Check In" feature allows users to share real-time location data with friends, enhancing safety during travel. This data is end-to-end encrypted, reducing reliance on third-party apps that may compromise user location data.
Lastly, the "Live Transcription" feature converts incoming call audio into real-time text, providing a useful tool to avoid spam or scam calls without answering.
These iOS 17 features collectively strengthen security and privacy, catering to users' diverse needs.
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