Apple’s new feature automatically installs security updates without a full OS update

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Apple has introduced a Rapid Security Response feature in iOS 16 and macOS Ventura that is designed to deploy security solutions without the need for a full version update of the operating system.

“macOS security gets even stronger with new tools that make the Mac more resilient to attacks, including Rapid Security Response that works in between regular updates to easily keep security up to date without rebooting,” the company said. . said Monday in a statement.

The function, which also works on iOS, is intended to separate regular software updates from critical security enhancements and is applied automatically so that users are quickly protected against in-the-wild attacks and unexpected threats. It’s worth noting that Apple tested an analog option in iOS 14.5.

Rapid Security Response, viewed in that light, reflects a similar approach taken by Google through Play services and Play protect to protect Android devices against malware and other forms of fraud.

Another key security feature announced by Apple at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) includes support for third-party two-factor authentication apps with the built-in password feature in the Settings app.

Additionally, iOS 16 now allows users to edit strong passwords suggested by Safari to suit them to site-specific requirements, not to mention requiring apps to ask users for permission to access the clipboard for content. from another app.

In a similar permissions update, USB-C and Thunderbolt accessories, with the exception of power adapters and standalone displays, will explicitly request permission from users before they can interact with macOS devices.

“On Apple silicon portable Mac computers, new USB and Thunderbolt accessories require user approval before the accessory can communicate with macOS for connections plugged directly into the USB-C port,” the release notes said. is reading

The new macOS security is also identical to the USB Restricted Mode Apple introduced four years ago in iOS 12, which prevents unauthorized USB accessories plugged into the Lightning port from accessing the data on iPhones and iPads without the owner’s permission if the device has been used for more than an hour. is locked.

Finally, Apple has also confirmed that it will support passkeys in the Safari web browser, a next-generation passwordless login standard that allows users to log into websites and apps across platforms using Touch ID or Face ID for biometric authentication.

The mechanism, set up by the FIDO Alliance and already supported by Google and Microsoft, aims to replace default passwords by providing unique digital keys that are stored locally on the device.

“Passkeys replace passwords with an easier and more secure login method,” the tech giant said. “Passkeys never leave your device and are specific to the site you created them for, making them nearly impossible to phishing.”