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Apple devices have a longstanding reputation for being more secure than their Windows-based counterparts. Of course, that’s no longer the case Apple Admits iOS 10 Weakens iPhone Security Apple Admits iOS 10 Weakens iPhone Security Your iPhone is now potentially less secure than it previously was, and it's all thanks to iOS 10. Read More . The amount of malware found on Apple devices has been rising steadily for the last few years Apple-Targeted Malware Increases - Here's What to Look Out For in 2016 Apple-Targeted Malware Increases - Here's What to Look Out For in 2016 Apple hardware is no longer a safe haven from hackers, malware, ransomware, and other cyber-threats. The first half of 2016 proves that without the right precautions, your devices can become risks.... Read More .

Now there’s another security flaw Mac and iOS users need to worry about. Apple is so worried, in fact, it rolled out a near-instant software update for all users.

What Happened?

Known as Broadpwn, the vulnerability allows potential hackers to gain control of your phone or computer through its Wi-Fi chips. A security researcher at Exodus Intelligence discovered the problem, and he presented it at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas last week.

Without getting too technical, if you’re within Wi-Fi range of a hacker, you’re at risk. You don’t even need to be connected to a Wi-Fi network. The problem only affects Broadcom’s BCM43 series of chips.

How Can You Protect Yourself?

For a quick fix, you can disable your device’s Wi-Fi. For a more long-term solution, you need to grab Apple’s update as soon as you can.

iOS

All iOS users should now have a software update waiting for them. If you see an upgrade called iOS 10.3.3, you’ve got the right one.

Open the Settings menu and go to General > Software Update. If you don’t see the update waiting for you, refresh the screen.

When you’re ready, tap Download and Install. The process will take a few minutes, depending on your connection speed.

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macOS

If you own a Mac, you’re also vulnerable.

To update your device, launch the App Store and click on the Updates tab. Give your machine a few seconds to search for the patch. You need macOS Sierra Update 10.12.6.

When you see it on your screen, click Update to start the upgrade.

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Have you successfully updated your devices? Does this latest flaw make you question Apple’s security practices? Let us know in the comments.

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  1. Ahmed
    August 1, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    What about those of us still using El Capitan or Yosemite?

  2. Kenneth
    August 1, 2017 at 3:32 am

    Yes

  3. Varun
    July 31, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    After the update my 'N' key on the keyboard does not respond correctly, sometimes printing twice and other times not printing at all. Apple's quality is degrading.

  4. Jason Sandys
    July 31, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    "Apple devices have a longstanding reputation for being more secure than their Windows-based counterparts. "

    This is no more true than "Charlie Sheen has a longstanding reputation for being monogamous". A house in the middle of nowhere is no more secure than a house in the city, it's just simply not attacked. Please don't spread this completely farcical myth and actually check the data.