On Friday, February 21st, Apple released a software update for the iPhone and iPad. If you are like me, I tend to ignore the app and software updates until I need it. In this case, iPhone and iPad users should not delay!
This update, while pushed with little fanfare, is important because it repairs a potential security breach between your email / Safari inputs and their final destination. The repair applies to iPhone 4 and 5, and iPad 2 and later versions. In many cases, the software may update automatically. I updated my iPhone and iPad last night and it only took a minute.
Others writing on this topic suggest that it is unlikely hackers have discovered the breach since Apple’s release on Friday was the first anyone knew of the potential flaw — translation — hackers know of the flaw now.
To update your software, go to: Settings > General > Software Update. You will need to be connected to Wi-Fi and have at least 50% battery or connected to a plug for the update to download.
From this article: ”Left unfixed, hackers could potentially read private communications sent over Apple devices: emails, instant messages, social media posts and even online bank transactions.”
Update your devices today.