Apple went big on security and privacy during its Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) keynote this, showcasing features from on-device Siri audio processing to a new privacy dashboard for iOS that makes it easier than ever to see which apps are collecting your data and when. While typically vocal about security during the Memoji-filled, two-hour-long(!) keynote, the company also quietly introduced several new security and during its WWDC developer sessions. We’ve rounded up some of the most interesting — and necessary.
Passwordless login with iCloud Keychain
Apple is the latesttaking steps to ditch the password. During its “Move beyond passwords” developer session, it previewed Passkeys in iCloud Keychain, a method of passwordless authentication powered by WebAuthn, and Face ID and Touch ID. The feature, which will ultimately be available in iOS 15 and macOS Monterey, means you no longer have to or app. Instead, you’ll pick a username and then use Face ID or Touch ID to you. The passkey is then stored in your Keychain and then synced across your using iCloud — so you don’t have to remember it, nor do you have to carry around a hardware authenticator key.
“Because it’s just a single tap to sign in, it’s simultaneously easier, faster, and more secure than almost all common forms of authentication today,” said Garrett Davidson, an Apple authentication experience engineer. While it’s unlikely to be available on your says the feature is still in its ‘early stages and it’s currently disabled by default — the move is another sign of the growing momentum behind eliminating passwords, which are prone to be forgotten, reused across multiple services, and — ultimately — phishing attacks. 10 password-free, and Google recently confirmed that it’s working towards “creating a future where one day you won’t need a password at all”.
Microphone indicator in macOS
iOS 15, which willPrivacy Reports, is also getting a feature called Secure Paste that will help shield your clipboard data from other apps. This feature will enable users to paste content from one app to another without the second app being able to access the information on the clipboard until you paste it. This is a significant improvement over iOS 14, which would notify when an app took data from the clipboard but did nothing to prevent it from happening.