The devices Macjust like any other computer, can be vulnerable to possible virus attacks, although they have in their favor that Apple incorporated a program called Apple XProtectwhich helps to eliminate malware.
The activation of this program, however, was linked to the ignition of the device or at the start of applications. But the tech company went a step further and launched, without notifications or public announcements, a feature that allows XProtect to perform preventive work and scan Mac devices even when they are asleep.
Information on this breakthrough in terms of device protection was released by the Mac software developer, Howard Oakley, on the blog of his company, The Eclectic Light Company. According to him, Apple introduced in updating macOS Montereyreleased in 2021, a feature called ‘XProtect Remediator’.
The remedyindicated in the blog, is an update of XProtect which allows users to not only remove malware but also scans the device for Mac threats.
“These scans should now take place on all Macs running macOS Catalina (update released in 2019) and later, with the current XProtect Remediator installed,” says Oakley.
The developer also added that these scans could be done when the Mac is awake, but doing minor background tasks like routine backups, receiving emails, etc.
Function against cyber attacks
Another function that provides security to users of Apple devices was introduced in July this year and involves protection against cyber attacks for iPhone, iPad and Mac.
The so-called “Lockdown Mode” will be a feature that will be available to those facing possible targeted cyberattacks, the technology company said in a statement issued that month.
The tool developed by the company will be in charge of drastically reducing the possibilities, both physical and digital, that cybercriminals to log in to an Apple user’s device to steal your information.
The block will affect specific features and apps on company devices, such as the Messages app, face timecompany online services, configuration profiles, Safari and cable connections.
To activate the feature, users will be able to click a button located at the bottom of the Privacy menu in the app Setting on Apple devices.
Regarding its availability to the public, the lock mode will be released as part of the next systems update bundle iOS 16, iPadOS 16 and macOS Venturawhich are coming soon to Apple devices.
Cybersecurity features in iOS 16
For its part, iOS 16 will also introduce security options when available to users. apple customers in the coming months. A new security feature, which was tested in the developer beta version of the new operating system, will allow you to report fraudulent content to some telephone operators.
This feature of iOS 16 will send the telephone companies the contact data and the content of the messages that are reported as spam or unwanted. In this way, it seeks to combat messages in which cybercriminals impersonate a company and that include links to malicious websites with the intention of scamming customers to steal personal data.