Although many people believe Apple products are immune to security issues, many of the tech giant’s devices are currently vulnerable to two security flaws that allow hackers to take full control of them.
What’s the Apple Security Issue?
The company has released an emergency security update to fix these vulnerabilities, which affect its iPhone, iPad, and Mac products, but Apple says it is aware they may have already been “actively exploited.”
Devices affected include the iPhone 6s and later, all iPad Pro models, the iPad Air 2 and later, the iPad 5th generation and later, the iPad mini 4 and later, the iPod touch 7th generation, and Mac computers running macOS Monterey. Security updates are available for all these devices and users are strongly advised to install them.
Apple did not disclose any information about how it learned of the issue, crediting anonymous researchers for the discovery. However, it did say that the vulnerabilities allow for the execution of arbitrary code — which means a hacker could run malicious code on an affected device, making it possible for them to take complete control of it, or perform any other malicious actions of their choosing.
How to Secure Your Apple Device
To protect your Apple device, you need to update it to the latest version of its software. Instructions on how to do so are below. However, before proceeding, it’s a good idea to back up your data (iPhone and iPad / Mac).
How to Update Your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
- Plug your device into power and connect to the internet via Wi-Fi.
- Select Settings > General > Software Update.
- Depending on which you see, tap either Install Now or Download and Install. You may need to enter your passcode.
How to Update Your Mac
- Click the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen > System Preferences.
- In the System Preferences window that opens, click Software Update.
- Depending on which you see, tap either Update Now or Upgrade Now. You may need to enter an administrator password.
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