Apple warns of security flaw that could give hackers control of your device

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Apple has warned iOS users to update their software immediately, because of a security vulnerability that allows hackers to take control of their device.

Apple has released an update with a critical patch that will help block potential hacking.

All iPhone, iPad and Mac computer users are being urged to download and install the iOS 10.3.3 update.

The vulnerability is called ‘Broadpwn’ and it allows hackers to ‘execute arbitrary code’, or in lay terms, take over your device, by exploiting wifi chips embedded in the device’s processor.

The affected wifi chips can be found in every Apple device from iPhone 5 and fourth-generation iPads to the current models.

If your wifi is turned on, a hacker only needs to be in range to target your device. Even passcodes are not enough to protect you from being exploited.

The issue was also detected for Android users, although Google provided a patch for the bug earlier this month. Broadpwn is also targeting HTC, LG and Samsung phones.

Here’s how to eliminate the threat to your Apple device:

  • For iPhone/iPad/iPod users, go to ‘Settings’>’General’> then tap ‘Software Update’. This should begin the update process. You may need to have your device plugged in to complete the process.
  • If you’re a Mac user, visit the App Store and click on ‘Update’. You’ll be prompted to update to the latest OS your Mac can handle.

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    Thanks for this. I’ve just updated my phone.

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    Thank you.

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    Please note that in spite of what it says in this article, it is not relevant to Mac computers, only iPads and iPhones. Not for MacOS or OSX, but for those running iOS.
    It is very simple, just tap “Settings” and it gives you “Software Update” and it does nearly all of it all for you from there on.
    Users of Apple Mac computers should, at least weekly, click on the Apple icon and then click on “Software update” and it will check what is waiting for you and your system. It is a good idea to also do this check for software updates with any Apple device.


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