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This is why you should update your apple devices right now

Posted July 25

Apple recently released a new software update for both iOS and MacOS and the company is urging people who use Apple products to install the update as soon as possible. The company says the patch is critical to avoid potential hacking of your devices, including iPhones, iPads and Mac computers.

The update is to designed fix the dangerous vulnerability called Broadpwn, which is said to allow hackers to “execute arbitrary code.” Nitay Artenstein, a security researcher at Exodus Intelligence, told Fortune that Broadpwn could allow hackers to take over your Apple device using WiFi chips that are embedded within a device’s main processor. What’s even more alarming is that Artenstein, who first revealed the flaw, says hackers are easily able to target your Apple devices as long as they are within range.

Broadpwn is being considered a serious threat and, according to the National Vulnerability Database, which is part of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, it’s ranking a high score of 9.8 out of 10 in severity.

Thankfully though, the problem was exposed and there is now a fix for it. If you use an iPhone or iPad, go to the “Settings” menu and tap “General.” This should bring you to a screen where there’s the option to select “Software Update,” where you’ll want to be sure you install iOS 10.3.3.

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If you’re using a Mac computer, then you’ll want to select the “Updates” tab within the App Store to ensure you’re running the latest version, which is Sierra 10.12.6.

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By downloading the latest versions of software for your Apple products, you should reduce the risk of potentially having your devices hacked. And in case you have any Android devices in your home, almost the same issue was detected, but thankfully Google was also able provide a patch with the newest version of its software.

So, what are you waiting for? Go update your phone!

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