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Apple to Add 'Lockdown' Safeguard on iPhones, iPads, Macs

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Apple's new “lockdown" option for iPhones, iPads, and Mac computers is intended to protect them from spyware unleashed by state-sponsored hackers, although enabling it will also make these devices less useful.

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Apple has announced the forthcoming rollout of a "lockdown" option for iPhones, iPads, and Mac computers, in order to shield those products from spyware launched by state-sponsored hackers.

The company initially will offer lockdown mode as a test version so security researchers can identify any bugs or vulnerabilities.

The feature is designed serve as an emergency button that Apple thinks will be needed by a small number of users.

Activating lockdown will limit Web browsing, as well as disabling features like the ability to send attachments and links in texts, and to receive FaceTime calls from new numbers.

Apple believes the additional safeguards will be important for activists, journalists, and other targets of hacks orchestrated by well-funded organizations.

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