Apple’s Blast Door Adds Security with iOS 14. The company has upped the messaging security game with a new feature called Blast Door.
Conceptually, it works a lot like the Blast Door Tony Stark installed and used in the Avengers Endgame movie when he activates the “Armed Door” protocol. Essentially, the feature seeks to put a digital shield around message streams so that they’re virtually impossible to break into from the outside. Conversely, if a hacker has somehow gotten into the stream, he can’t detonate some “bomb” on your system that will get past the Blast Door.
Of course, Apple’s Blast Door Security sounds very good in theory. Then again, Sony’s billion-dollar DVD copy protection sounded great too until a hacker defeated it with a Sharpie, so, unfortunately, field testing is the only way to know exactly how effective the new protection will be. At this point, the Blast Door feature is so new that nobody has had time to test its capabilities extensively, though that process is ongoing.
If Apple’s Blast Door lives up to its hype, and if the sandbox on the other side of the blast door is capable of preventing all but the most determined attacks, you can bet that other companies will be quick to adopt a similar approach. Kudos to Apple, and we look forward to testing Blast Door’s capabilities in the weeks ahead!