YOU need to update your iPhone ASAP or you risk being hacked.
Apple has released an important security update that millions of iPhone owners need to install.
You must update to at least iOS 16.1.2, although downloading the newer iOS 16.2 is preferable.
Apple has warned that a flaw could allow hackers to take control of your device – and may already have been exploited.
“Processing maliciously crafted web content may lead to arbitrary code execution,” Apple said.
“Apple is aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited against versions of iOS released prior to iOS 15.1.”
The error was actually discovered by Clément Lecigne, who works for Google in the Threat Analysis Group.
Hackers prey on you hoping that you will visit a malicious website and then use the bug to infiltrate your device.
However, cyber experts say that updating your iPhone is the best course of action as it prevents the hack completely.
“The news of these recently patched zero-day vulnerabilities in iOS shouldn’t come as a surprise,” said Tom Davison, senior director at cyber firm Lookout.
“We’ve already seen multiple examples of this in 2022, with 15.3, 15.6.1 and 16.1 all introducing fixes for critical vulnerabilities that were said to have been exploited in the wild.
“There is a market for these vulnerabilities among experienced threat actors, and more are sure to be discovered.
“Users should configure automatic iOS updates to stay protected.”
iPhone owners are constantly being urged by cyber experts and Apple to keep their devices up to date.
Security patches are one of the best ways to protect yourself from the latest hacks.
“Another day, another bug to fix,” said Travis Biehn, a senior cyber expert at Synopsys.
“The great thing here is that Apple has invested in a way to get important updates out into the field and on people’s devices.
“Having a working mechanism for fielding fixes after a discovery is just as important as keeping those bugs out in the first place.”
Unfortunately, not all iPhone models can get the latest iOS 16 update.
Here is a list of all supported devices:
- iPhone 14
- iPhone 14 plus
- iPhone 14 pro
- iPhone 14 pro max
- iPhone 13
- iPhone 13 mini
- iPhone 13 pro
- iPhone 13 Pro max
- iphone 12
- iPhone 12 mini
- iPhone 12 pro
- iPhone 12 pro max
- iPhone 11
- iPhone 11 pro
- iPhone 11 Pro max
- iPhone XS
- iPhone XS Max
- iPhone XR
- iPhone X
- iPhone 8
- iPhone 8plus
- iPhone SE (2nd generation or newer)
If your iPhone is too old to update, you should consider upgrading as soon as possible.
Otherwise there is a risk of hacker attacks that your device cannot fend off.
It is dangerous to use an unpatched device, so using up-to-date mobile phones is very important.
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