Rogue accessories are unlikely to damage your M1 or M2 Mac
If you’re afraid about your computer being ruined by faulty peripherals, MacOS Ventura might be reassuring. According to The Verge, before USB-C and Thunderbolt devices can communicate data on M1- and M2-based Macs, Ventura will demand user approval. You won’t have to worry about someone delivering malware to your machine by just putting in a thumb drive, or about a poorly-designed product transferring bad data to your machine.
The policy is turned on by default, however it has no effect on accessories connected to your Mac during the OS upgrade. External monitors, power adapters, and goods connected to already-approved hubs will not be blocked. Even if a device is prohibited, it will continue to charge, so you can use your computer to top up a friend’s phone.
This won’t stop devices from frying ports due to electrical surges. However, on top of USB-requirement C’s for encrypted authentication certificates, this might add a significant layer of security. You’ll have the final say on data access, and you might just be able to stop a malicious gadget from causing any harm.
Apple has incorporated a new security feature to its upcoming macOS 13 Ventura operating system that prevents USB-C peripherals from communicating with the computer until the user accepts them.
This implies that while the USB-C accessory is attached, no data can be communicated to or from it unless the user approves it or has already approved the accessory. The connected attachment, on the other hand, can be charged via the computer’s USB-C port without the user’s permission. Power adapters, stand-alone monitors, and permitted hubs will not need to ask for permission to send and receive data from macOS Ventura machines, according to Apple.
The new function in macOS Ventura is similar to Apple’s so-called “USB Restricted Mode,” which was introduced in iOS 12 in 2018. USB Restricted Mode restricts iPhones and iPads from transferring data to connected peripherals unless the user authorizes it beforehand.
Apple unveiled the newest version of macOS today at its developer conference WWDC, which coincided with the unveiling of new Macs. Ventura, a well-known coastal city in the US state of California, will be the name. The new organizational feature “Stage Manager” was the greatest update in macOS Ventura that Apple announced today. With the feature, you’ll be able to keep the app you’re working in in focus while keeping other programs organized in a tab structure on the left side of the screen. You can see an example of Stage Manager in macOS Ventura in the screenshot below.
In macOS Ventura, Apple’s seamless Spotlight feature has also been updated. Spotlight will now be able to locate images from the user’s photo library, images with text, and numerous shortcuts. The developer preview of macOS Ventura is now available for download. Ventura will be published as a public beta next month, with the sharp version following in the fall.