Apple talks about the security of its products and systems

Apple talks about the security of its products and systems

For some years now, Apple has maintained a IOS Security Guide, which is periodically updated detailing system security features for owners of iPhones, iPads and iPods touch. Now, Apple is expanding this initiative: the company today released the Apple Platforms Security Guide (Apple Platform Security Guide), an extensive document covering in detail the protection and security tools present in all its products, systems and services.

The document, for the time being only available in English, is presented through a PDF file with more than 150 pages. Apple, however, decided to make life easier for users and also released a new page on its website condensing the information into five main points.

Hardware security

In the section dedicated to hardware security, Apple talks about elements like Secure Enclave and the T2 chip, responsible for managing users’ biometric data and encrypting their data; it also explains how their identification systems work – Touch ID and Face ID.

Systems security

In the systems security, Apple describes the boot, software updates and the continuous operation of your operating systems, highlighting that these elements connect to create a “chain” of security.

The company also notes that the latest versions of iOS, iPadOS and macOS are always the most secure, and the update system prevents attacks from taking a machine back to an earlier version of OSs to steal data.

Data protection and encryption

In the part related to data protection and encryption, Apple explains that its systems have capabilities to protect data even if another part of its foundation is compromised. There are also explanations about the Data Protection (which protects data from iOS and iPadOS) and FileVault (responsible for the same function in macOS).

App security

In the app security, Apple talks about the layers of protection it applies to its systems to prevent potentially malicious or poorly built applications from posing a threat to its users. There are explanations about the sandbox of iOS / iPadOS apps, in addition to the notarization process required for apps on macOS.

Service security

On the part of service security, the company points out that its catalog (made up of products like iCloud, Apple Pay, iMessage and FaceTime) has robust security features to protect and store user data.

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The Apple document also has other sections aimed at developers or advanced and business users – they refer to network security, development kits, secure device management and more.

It is worthwhile to read everything, if you are interested in the subject or simply want to understand better about the security features of the company.

via Daring Fireball