APPLE users have been alerted to a new bug that could potentially reveal some personal information.
The issue affects all iOS web browsers for iPhone and iPad, as well as the tech giant’s Safari 15 on Mac.
Security experts from FingerprintJS discovered an issue that could leak your recent internet browsing activity and reveal some personal details from your Google account.
It stems from a feature under the bonnet designed to store data in your browser from one place.
The so-called IndexedDB is supposed to follow the same-origin policy, meaning that only the website that generates certain data can access it.
For example, if you open your email account in one tab while the other tab is a crafty website, this feature will prevent bad guys from tampering with your emails.
But the researchers apparently found a flaw that prevented that defense mechanism from fully working.
This can allow hackers to sniff out specific details about your identity.
Experts highlight the danger with services like Google’s, as one login is used across YouTube, email, Google Calendar and more.
“This not only implies that untrusted or malicious websites can learn the user’s identity, but also allows the linking of many separate accounts used by the same user. “, FingerprintJS warns.
They tested the top 1,000 websites to see if they might be affected.
More than 30 websites use indexed databases which means that those who use them are at risk.
What can I do to prevent Safari errors?
Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do until Apple comes up with a fix.
The only real defense is to update your browser or operating system once the issue has been resolved by Apple, the experts said.
Mac users can use an alternative web browser.
But since the problem occurs on all web browsers on iPhone and iPad, you will have to wait.
In the meantime, just be extra vigilant with the sites you use.
In other news, personalized smart gun, which can only be activated by verified users, may eventually be made available to US consumers this year.
Tech giant Microsoft is trying to make the world more awake by launching a “Comprehensiveness” testing tool in its Word software.
And a federation Anti-trust case for Meta, the company formerly known as Facebook, was launched first.
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