Apple will Automatically Install Security Updates

  • By Patrick Ryan
  • Jun 09, 2022

Apple is programming its computers with a new feature that adds security updates without requiring a manual prompt. Nor is there any need for a full operating system update for the improvements to be seamlessly implemented. The security updates are added on their own, providing the computer user with elevated security in a timely manner. Here’s a closer look at what Apple’s automatic digital security updates are all about.

Why are Apple’s Instant Security Updates Important?

The instant digital security updates to Apple computers add fixes to security bugs and vulnerabilities without requiring a complete operating system update, ultimately saving time, effort, and frustration. The feature, referred to as Rapid Security response is a component of iOS 16 and macOS Ventura.

The automatic security updates make macOS more digitally fortified against bugs, weaknesses, and threats. The result is a computer that is better prepared for incoming attacks. The Rapid Security Response tool functions in periods of time between regular updates, boosting security without requiring that the user reboot the computer.  

The automatic addition of the security feature clearly delineates between critical digital security additions and regular updates. The fact that these essential protections are added automatically safeguards users against in-the-wild digital attacks that cannot be predicted yet are bound to occur.

Are There any Comparables to Apple’s Automatic Computer Security Updates?

Rapid Security Response is fairly similar to Google’s Play Services, along with Play Protect for securing Android computing devices against malware and additional forms of online fraud. 
It is also worth noting Thunderbolt and USB-C have somewhat of a similar digital security update.  

The update is permissions-oriented in that it asks for consent from users before they interact with devices of the macOS variety. The two accessories mandate user approval prior to the point at which the accessory communicates with macOS to establish wired connections to the port applicable to the USB-C.

Does Apple Have any Other Digital Safeguards of Note Coming Through the Pipeline?

Indeed, the computing giant has some important digital security products making their way to the market. Apple recently announced another important digital security feature at its yearly Worldwide Developers Conference. The new feature will provide support for two-factor authentication third-party apps with passwords that are built-in.  

Furthermore, Apple’s public relations team also noted that iOS 16 now allows users to modify strong passwords as suggested by the Safari browser. The editing of passwords makes sense in certain circumstances, such as adjusting for requirements on specific sites. Apps are now required to request permission from users to access the clipboard so that content can be pasted in from a separate program or app.  

Apple is also planning to provide support for passkeys as used within the popular Safari internet browser. The support is meaningful in that it is the industry’s standard for secure passwordless logins, setting the stage for users to access accounts on websites and apps using Face ID or Touch ID for verification purposes. Passkeys are used to replace current passwords with a safer login method, which is much easier. The passkeys do not depart the user’s device and are strictly applicable to the site they were made for, meaning they are unlikely to be phished.

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