Apple’s newest feature enhances network security, but it may cause disruptions when users join wireless networks from iOS devices. Here’s how to work around them.
Apple released iOS 14 and iPadOS 14, its latest versions of the mobile operating systems, in September. While the rollout has been largely trouble-free to users and enterprises deploying the latest update, there has been a specific hiccup that affects the way in which devices connect to wireless networks that has been causing some kerfuffle in organizations.
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The issue comes from the MAC randomization, or the Private Address feature, that enhances a device’s security while on a wireless network by masking its MAC address with a modified one to protect the privacy of the device and the user, and their whereabouts while accessing the internet on the network to which they are connected.
The aim of this feature is to protect users from being tracked while on public hotspots. And while the feature works as designed, it also has the added downside of limiting or altogether preventing access to certain wireless networks or network services, depending on