How to Enable Lockdown Mode for Heightened Security on iPhone

With the release of iOS 16 and iPadOS 16, Apple introduced Lockdown Mode, offering users an “extreme” level of security.

In ‌iOS 16‌ and ‌iPadOS 16‌, Apple brought iPhone and iPad users Lockdown Mode, an optional new security feature that’s designed to protect users who may be at risk of highly targeted cyberattacks from private companies developing state-sponsored spyware.

While the feature is aimed at the very small number of users who could be targets of cyberattacks, such as journalists, activists, and government employees, any user can enable it on their device for what Apple calls an “extreme” level of security.

Lockdown Mode Protections
When enabled, Lockdown Mode strictly limits or disables the functionality of features, apps, and websites. Lockdown Mode protections include the following:

In the Messages app, most message attachment types other than images are blocked, and some features like link previews are unavailable. Incoming FaceTime calls from people you have not previously called are blocked. Incoming invitations for other Apple services from people you have not previously invited are also blocked.

Some complex web technologies and browsing features, including just-in-time (JIT) JavaScript compilation, are disabled unless the user excludes a trusted site from Lockdown Mode. This protection applies to Safari and all other web browsers using WebKit across the ‌iPhone‌, ‌iPad‌, and Mac.

Shared albums will be removed from the Photos app, and new shared album invitations will be blocked.
When a device is locked, wired connections with other devices/accessories are blocked. Configuration profiles cannot be installed, and the device cannot enroll into mobile device management (MDM), while Lockdown Mode is turned on.

How to Enable Lockdown Mode on iPhone and iPad
Lockdown Mode is turned off by default on ‌iPhone‌ and ‌iPad‌, but you can enable it by following these steps.

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How to Disable Rapid Security Response Software Updates on MacOS

In macOS Ventura, Apple can deliver security updates to Macs without having to update the entire operating system. Keep reading to learn how it works and how you can disable it if you prefer.

In the past, some of Apple’s most important point releases of macOS have been linked to critical security updates that are designed to keep you and your private data safe and secure online. Traditionally, one problem with these updates is that when a user opts to install them, the entire operating system must be updated and restarted.

In macOS 13‌ Ventura, Rapid Security Response is an option that can let you avoid the rigmarole of all that, allowing you to get important security improvements to your devices even faster, and have them applied automatically between standard software updates. When you update to ‌‌macOS Ventura‌‌, Apple sets your Mac to install security updates automatically, but you can turn off the feature if you prefer.

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How to Unlock Your iPhone Using Just Your Voice

In iOS 14.6 and later, Apple includes an accessibility feature that allows you to unlock your iPhone using just your voice. Keep reading to learn how it works and how to set it up on your ‌iPhone‌.

For several years now, Apple’s iOS mobile operating system has included a voice control feature that enables users to control a variety of system functions on their ‌iPhone‌ using only their voice as the trigger.

Until recently, one of the limitations of Voice Control was that it wouldn’t work if your ‌iPhone‌ was locked. In iOS 14.6 and later, however, Apple includes an enhanced version of the feature so that if your ‌iPhone‌ is on the lock screen, you can now use your voice to enter the passcode and unlock it. The following steps show you how to set up Voice Control to unlock your ‌iPhone‌ using a simple speech command.

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How to Stop Discord From Lowering App Volume on Windows

If you are a Discord user, you would have noticed that when running Discord, the volume coming from some other applications lowers significantly. If you are assuming it is an issue, it is actually a feature called Attenuation, and here’s how to fix this and stop Discord from lowering app volume.

However, before we get to the steps, let’s first understand what Attenuation is. Well, Discord’s Attenuation is a handy feature that temporarily lowers the volume coming from other sources/apps. When you have multiple sources of sound, attenuation allows you to pay attention to the primary source.
This feature is built-in on Windows, but it is not as elegant as Discord’s. That said, if you are annoyed by Discord’s Attenuation feature, you can easily turn it off.

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How to Stop Your iPhone’s Side Button From Hanging Up a Call

On iPhone, pressing the Side button ends the current call. But in iOS 16, you can disable this default behavior.

Whenever you make or receive a call on your ‌iPhone‌, you can press the Side button on your handset at any time to end the call. This can be either a convenient method of hanging up, or, if you’re prone to pressing it by accident, an embarrassing way of bringing the conversation to an unintentional and abrupt end. Fortunately, in ‌iOS 16‌ Apple has included an option to disable the end call functionality of the Side button. It works on ‌iPhone‌ 11 models and later, and just requires you to toggle a virtual switch. The following steps show you how it’s done.

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How to Make Someone Server Admin or Owner on Discord

Managing a Discord server is not easy, especially if you run a public server. To alleviate some of the burdens, you might want to assign admin roles to your Discord friends or other server members you trust and allow them to manage the server on your behalf. In case you no longer wish to run the server, Discord also lets you transfer server ownership to someone else.

The process for making someone a server admin or owner is straightforward. This post will show you how to do it on both desktop and mobile.

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How to Browse Anonymously on Reddit

Reddit is one of the most popular social news aggregation websites and has over 330 million monthly active users. However, did you know that Reddit provides users with a unique way to access its content with the Anonymous Browsing feature? Although private browsing has become a myth, Reddit tries to stand out.

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iOS 16: How to Use Multi-Stop Routing in Maps

In iOS 16, Apple Maps has received an update that brings multi-stop routing to the navigation app. With ‌iOS 16‌, currently in beta, the Maps app allows you to plan a route that has multiple stops instead of just a single destination. While Google Maps has had this feature for some time, this is the first version of Apple’s Maps app to include support for it.

When entering a destination, ‌Apple Maps‌ allows you to add up to 15 locations to stop at en route, and the app will navigate you to each stop in turn.

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iOS 16: How to Get Email Reminders in Apple Mail

In iOS 16 and iPadOS 16, currently in beta, Apple’s stock Mail app has been improved with a range of new features, one of which is the ability to get email reminders. This article explains what email reminders are and how to use them.

Apple Mail has a new feature in ‌iOS 16‌ called “Remind Me” that works like the name suggests. If you open an email and don’t have time to respond to it there and then, you can get the Mail app to remind you to return to it later. Using Remind Me, you can select a date and time for Mail to resurface the message in your inbox, thereby ensuring that you don’t forget about it and nothing goes missing. Here’s how to set up a mail reminder in ‌iOS 16‌ and ‌iPadOS 16‌.

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