Apple Releases Minor Update to iOS 11 to Strengthen Security

Apple releases iOS 11.4.1 to block pass-code cracking tools used by law enforcement as well as hackers.

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The new update contains an important new security feature that blocks pass-code cracking tools used by law enforcement personnel called the USB restricted mode.
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Apple, on 9 July, released a new iOS 11 update (version 11.4.1), which is quite possibly one of the last updates on the iOS 11 operating system. This update contains an important new security feature that blocks pass-code cracking tools used by law enforcement personnel called the USB restricted mode. This is the 15th update to iOS 11 and it has also introduced support for Messages on iCloud and AirPlay 2.

According to Apple's release notes, the new update fixes an issue that prevented some users from viewing the last known location of its Air-Pods in the Find My iPhone feature. It also improves the reliability of syncing mail, contacts, and notes with Exchange accounts.

We’re constantly strengthening the security protections in every Apple product to help customers defend against hackers, identity thieves and intrusions into their personal data. We have the greatest respect for law enforcement, and we don’t design our security improvements to frustrate their efforts to do their jobs.
Apple statement

What is USB Restricted Mode ?

The USB restricted mode, which firstly rolled out in iOS 12 beta, is specially designed to secure iPhones and iPads from hackers, law enforcement agencies or any potentially malicious entities that gain access to an iOS device via a USB lightning connector. It is apparently easier for hackers to easily crack pass-codes through the lightning connector of Apple devices and download data from them.

Although this feature already rolled out in iOS 12 beta, Apple didn’t want to leave iOS 11 users exposed to hackers.

The all-new iOS 11.4.1 update is now available for all eligible devices in the Settings app. To install the update, go to Settings > General > Software Update. Eligible devices include the iPhone 5s, the iPad mini 2, the iPad Air, the 6th-generation iPod touch and all their later versions.

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