APPLE takes security to a whole new level with a particularly robust method of keeping your texts private.
The iPhone maker has developed an advanced tool for iMessage that verifies that you’re only chatting with the intended person.
Snooping is already virtually impossible thanks to end-to-end encryption, but Apple introduced iMessage Contact Key Verification to provide even more security.
It is designed to let you know if spies might be intercepting your messages.
Fortunately, it’s an unlikely hazard for most people.
It’s geared more towards those facing “extraordinary digital threats,” like a key government official.
But anyone can use it.
“The vast majority of users will never be the target of sophisticated cyberattacks, but the feature provides an important additional layer of security for those who might be,” Apple said.
“Conversations between users who have iMessage contact key verification enabled will receive automatic alerts if an exceptionally sophisticated attacker, such as a state-sponsored attacker, ever manages to breach cloud servers and insert their own device to break these encrypted communications eavesdrop.”
Whenever it is suspected that a snooper is involved in your conversation, a message will appear saying “A detected device may have been added”.
You have to turn it on to be covered.
iMessage contact key verification users can also compare a contact verification code in person, on FaceTime, or over another secure call.
Apple plans to roll out the feature globally in 2023.
However, this is not the only advanced security measure being introduced.
The tech giant announced that next year users will be able to use security keys to access their Apple ID and iCloud account.
This means people can use a physical device as a second layer of protection.
“At Apple, we work tirelessly to provide our users with the best data security in the world,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering.
“We constantly identify and mitigate new threats to your personal data on devices and in the cloud.
“Our security teams work tirelessly to protect user data, and with iMessage Contact Key Verification, Security Keys, and Advanced Data Protection for iCloud, users have three powerful new tools at their disposal to further protect their most sensitive data and communications.”
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