Apple has enabled a new macOS Ventura security feature in the latest developer beta that will ensure that USB-C and Thunderbolt accessories must request permission before they can access your data.

In the beta 2 release notes Apple has confirmed that the new macOS Ventura feature is now live. From Apple:

On Mac laptops with Apple silicon, new USB and Thunderbolt accessories require user approval before the accessory can communicate with macOS for wired connections directly to the USB-C port. This does not apply to power adapters, standalone displays, or connections to an approved hub. Devices can still charge if you choose Don’t Allow.

The feature, which will only work on Apple’s top MacBooks with Apple Silicon, will ensure that newer USB and Thunderbolt accessories need authorization before accessing data on your device. This does not apply to hubs or powered displays, and you can still charge a device even without permission.

The new system feature can be toggled in settings, with the default set to “Request new accessories”, there is an accessibility switch control setting that can be used to disable the feature, and approved devices can connect to a locked Mac for up to three days.

This is a welcome new security feature that should ensure that Mac users are less exposed to potentially harmful accessories or even data theft attempts should a device be lost or stolen.

Another new feature added to this week’s beta series is a new email tool that can display companies’ official logo in emails so you know the emails are from a trusted source. This is available on macOS and iOS 16.

The beta version of macOS Ventura will be made available to the public next month and will be officially released in the fall.

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