Apple experts have reported a MASSIVE vulnerability, which means updating your devices is required to prevent hackers from gaining access to your personal information.
Apple recently discovered that their iPhones, iPads, and iMacs in particular have become vulnerable to a certain type of intruder.
What is dubbed a “zero-day software bug” can give hackers complete control over Apple devices. Daily Mail reports.
Hackers are theoretically able to do anything from reading messages, viewing a contact list, tracking location, to accessing the microphone and camera.
However, there are at least seven other things users can do besides the software update to protect themselves from hackers.
1. Update your devices
So far, Apple has been pushing that the best way to avoid problems is for users to get the latest software updates on their devices. Below are the right updates to avoid problems:
- iOS and iPadOS: 15.6.1
- Mac OS: 12.5.1
- tvOS: 15.6
- watchOS for Series 3: 8.7.1
- watchOS for 4, 5, SE, 6 and 7 series: 8.7
2. Do not click on shady links
Your iPhone can be easily hacked through broken links sent via messaging, email or other means.
If a particular link seems dodgy or suspicious because it came from a phone number or email address you don’t recognize, by all means avoid clicking on it.
A good way to simply avoid something like this is not to connect to a password-free WiFi, per Business Insider.
“Avoid connecting to a password-free public Wi-Fi network, which opens the possibility of a hacker accessing unencrypted traffic on your device or redirecting you to a fraudulent website to access login credentials,” they say.
3. Avoid downloading sketchy applications
Although Apple has a process for screening apps before they’re available for download on the App Store, that doesn’t mean those with hacking software can’t still break through.
Ning Zhang, head of Washington University’s Computer Security and Privacy Laboratory, says this is often seen with free wallpaper and flashlight applications.
The rule of thumb is that if they ask for your location, contact info, or want to access your camera, that’s probably a big red flag.
4. It’s time to stop jailbreaking your iPhone
The idea of jailbreaking is primarily to remove some restrictive software that Apple’s iOS has primarily to have more freedom.
This may sound ideal to some, but it subsequently opens users up to many potential vulnerabilities for hackers.
According to Business Insider, it’s even more possible to download incompatible spyware or malware apps onto a jailbroken phone.
Sometimes hackers can even take over a phone remotely this way.
5. Be wary of targeted attacks
Matthew Green, associate professor at the Johns Hopkins Internet Security Institute, says only certain types of people are targeted by remote hacks, such as journalists and/or activists.
This type of hack is particularly difficult to detect, Green says, because hackers can find tiny flaws in Apple software or even send invisible messages.
This often creates more “zero-day” exploits that respond best by updating your device’s software for additional security measures.
However, this type of hack rarely happens to the average user.
6. Intimate partners can attack your software
It’s not uncommon for an abusive partner in a relationship to sabotage the other’s device by downloading malware or spyware.
All they really need to do is know your password and of course have physical access to your device.
This is more common than it seems, and the best way to tell if this has happened is to check your home screen for any apps you don’t remember downloading.
7. Create really strong passwords
Last but not least, and arguably most important aside from updating your software, a strong password is required to protect against hackers.
Enabling Apple’s two-factor identification feature is a good start, according to Business Insider.
Not to mention that this becomes more secure with Face ID and other security measures.
It’s also time to make sure you have a password on your lock screen.
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