At Worldwide Developer Conference 2018 on Monday, Apple announced their next version of macOS which is named Mojave.
Besides presenting it’s new features and improvements, like Dark Mode, Group FaceTime, Dynamic Desktop, and Finder, Apple also revealed that Mojave has many new and improved security and privacy features.
Apple CEO Tim Cook presented the new features included in Mojave as “inspired by pro users, but designed for everyone” that will help you protect from various cyber attacks.
Besides this new features companies and individual people must take certain precautions against this growing phenomenon of cyber attacks; for that they should implement at least a cybersecurity solution, like an antivirus, to protect their systems. Necessary things like regularly updating operating systems, using antivirus for Windows or antivirus for Mac depending on which OS your device is using. Companies must also hire professional cybersecurity firms to do regular checkups to their internal network a couple of times per year. These checkups must always include a penetration test and various ethical hacking test.
This is the list of all macOS Mojave security and privacy features:
1. Safari’s enhanced “Intelligent Tracking Prevention”
There is no doubt that your online privacy is being invaded, and everything you search online is being tracked; thanks to all third-party trackers present on the Internet in the form of social media like and sharing buttons.
Fortunately, this will not be true anymore. Thanks to macOS Mojave, Safari now has updated its “Intelligent Tracking Prevention” which is a cybersecurity feature that limits the tracking ability of website using various ad-tracking and device fingerprinting techniques.
The brand-new Intelligent Tracking Prevention will automatically block all third-party trackers, including social media “Like” or “Share” buttons, as well as comment widgets from tracking unaware users without their permission.
Safari will also conceal your “device fingerprint” by exposing only generic configuration information of users’ device and default fonts.
2. Group FaceTime now supports up to 32 people, and top end-to-end encryption protects all
This is a tremendous cybersecurity improvement; at WWDC 2018, Apple has introduced group FaceTime feature that lets groups of 32 or fewer people do video calls at the same time, which have end-to-end encryption just like the already existing one-to-one audio and video calls and group audio calls.
End-to-end encryption means that there’s no way for Apple or anyone else to decrypt the data when it’s in the cyberspace between devices.
3. macOS Mojave will display an alert whenever your camera and mic are in use
As you probably already know, cybercriminals have the knowledge and capabilities to target users device’s built-in webcam and microphone to spy on victims without detection.
To eradicate this significant cybersecurity threat, macOS Mojave will have a new feature that monitors access to your macOS webcam/microphone and alerts you with new permission dialogues whenever an app tries to access the camera or microphone.
4. Excessive data access will now be possible only with user’s permission
macOS Mojave will also have implemented permission requirements for all the apps that are trying to access personal data like mail database, message history, file system and backups; all it’s all implemented by default, the macOS Mojave will also protect your location information, contacts, photos, Safari data, mail database, message history, iTunes device backups, calendar, reminders, time machine backups, cookies, and more.
5. All-new secure password manager
Over the time we continuously warned users to use a good password practice by keeping their passwords secure and unique for every website or service an now, Apple has made this practices easier in macOS 10.14 Mojave and iOS 12.
Safari in macOS has have implemented password suggestions for years when users are asked to create an account, but now Apple has improved this feature in a way that all is automated. Safari will generate secure passwords, enters them into the web browser, and stores them in the iCloud keychain when users create new online accounts.
The new feature will even flag reused passwords so that users can change them; it will also have a new interface that auto-fills one-time passwords provided by authentication apps and a mechanism that shares passwords across all of a user’s nearby devices, including iOS devices, Macs, and Apple TVs.
6. macOS Mojave will now receive it’s updated through System Preferences and not through App Store like in the past
macOS Mojave has a little bit redesigned Mac App Store which has the system update mechanism moved to the System Preferences.
By reintroducing “Software Update” option in the System Preferences windows, users can now update their operating system and native software without opening the App Store. Apple has also confirmed that Mojave will be its last version of macOS to support legacy 32-bit apps.
Keep in mind that every private data has a significant value that must be protected by at least cybersecurity solution like an antivirus. Depending on which OS your device is running, install an antivirus for Windows or antivirus for Mac for total protection. Companies must take an extra step and hire a professional cybersecurity firm that will run various cybersecurity tests on your company’s network to implement only the best possible cybersecurity solution. Always opt for a package that includes at least a penetration test and ethical hacking test. For companies that exist 100% online, we recommend the using of cyber-secured web hosting services.