IN an ideal world, smartphones would last forever, but unfortunately even the mighty iPhone has an end date.
After a few years, Apple will stop supplying older devices with critical updates.
These are not only needed to keep your iPhone running smoothly, but also to protect your data.
If you’re using an old version of iOS that’s no longer maintained, hackers might have found ways to access it — and a fix won’t arrive like they do in newer versions of iOS.
Kaspersky security experts urge users to replace their phone as soon as it is no longer supported by the operating system.
“Legacy phones are teeming with unpatched exploits that hackers intentionally seek out and abuse,” the company says.
“Getting a newer, supported phone can protect you from a data breach.”
For this reason, it is also important to keep your operating system up to date if your device is still supported.
“The security patches included in these updates are critical to the security of your phone,” Kaspersky continues.
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“This simple process can prevent entire families of malware from winning battles in your data wars.”
The good news is that Apple tends to continue supporting iPhones many years after its release.
Which iPhones are no longer supported?
Since the release of iOS 16, the following iPhone models are no longer supported.
- iPhone 3G
- Iphone 3 gs
- iPhone 4
- iPhone 4s
- iPhone 5
- iPhone 5c
- iPhone 5s
- iPhone 6
- iPhone 6plus
- iPhone 6S
- iPhone 6S plus
- iPhone SE
- iPhone 7
- iPhone 7plus
If your iPhone is still supported but isn’t using the latest version of iOS, it’s best to update it now.
It’s free, so it’s worth the effort for your device’s security.
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