OS X Mavericks and iOS 7 Security Threat Update: Apple Fixes WiFi Loophole

Apple’s been in the news a lot this week, but not for particularly good reasons. Last week it was discovered that devices running iOS 7.o.6, like iPad Air’s and iPhone 5c’s were exposed to a security loophole. Luckily, no data breaches have been reported as of this writing.

So what exactly could a hacker do to your iDevice’s data? According to Apple support, “an attacker with a privileged network position” would possibly be able to “capture or modify data in sessions” even on protected public WiFi Networks “protected by SSL/TLS.” Public WiFi networks entail those connections found in places like libraries, coffee shops and parks. The update is strongly recommended. However, if you’re against updating your device for any reason, or don’t have time to update yet, than it’s definitely not advisable to connect to free WiFi hotspots.

Earlier this week OS X Mavericks, Apple’s latest and greatest desktop and laptop operating system,¬†fell victim to a similar security issue with allowed “an attacker with a privileged network position” to “intercept user credentials or other sensitive information.” This is pretty nefarious stuff, and it’s good that Apple issued an update called OS 10.9.2 in a timely manner. It’s very important that you install this update if you are running an earlier version of OS 10.9.

Both iOS and Mavericks updates are free and super easy to install. If you own an iDevice you’ll see that a number one icon pops up on your settings app. Open the app and select where it says to update iOS. Make sure your phone’s battery is fully charged; you don’t want your phone dying midway through an update as it can brick. In Mavericks, on both laptops and desktops, just click on the Apple icon in the top left hand corner of your screen. Then select the second option available to you, “Software Update,” on the resulting drop-down menu. The Mac App store will proceed to open up and you’ll be able to install the update. Please note that your system needs to be restarted in order for the update to take place.

Were you aware of this security threat? Let us know if you downloaded the update(s) in the comments section below.

Taken from :http://www.latinpost.com/articles/7935/20140226/os-x-mavericks-ios-7-security-threat-update-apple-fixes.htm

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