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How to use USB Restricted Mode on your iPhone or iPad

You'll now find a toggle switch labeled "USB Accessories" in the Touch ID & Passcode section of the Settings app labeled "USB Accessories".

Today, Apple released iOS 11.4.1 which fixes a couple of bugs and introduces a new security feature: USB Restricted Mode.

Apple released iOS 11.4.1, tvOS 11.4.1, and watchOS 4.3.2 today with minor bug fixes for its iPhones, iPads, HomePods, Apple TVs, and Apple Watches, but there was one surprise in the software: USB Restricted Mode, a feature created to block iPhone-cracking USB devices used by law enforcement agencies, has finally arrived. That means if that someone plugs in a device like the GrayKey, favored by police forces in the U.S., they won't be able to break the passcode protection and access the data on your phone.

Recently, we've seen the emergence of a number of devices, including the GrayBox, that allow third parties to gather data from your iPhone or iPad through the Lightning port without having to unlock your device beforehand.

Greyshift claimed it had already worked around that restriction but it might not have to, at least not for a while.

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But it was Grayshift's decision to mass produce a small box called Graykey and stick it on the market for $15,000 that forced Apple to shut down the entry point.

The restricted mode was put into a beta version of the latest update and has made it through to the final release, making it virtually impossible for law enforcement (or others) to gain access to someone's phone before the USB port is shut down. USB Restricted Mode will be optional, of course; users can enable or disable it via their device's settings menu. But for now at least, iPhones, with this update, are locked down. And very little information about how it works.

As usual, this iOS release also includes security updates.

Tap on General and then Software Update.

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