Apple devices have a longstanding reputation for being more secure than their Windows-based counterparts. Of course, that’s no longer the case. The amount of malware found on Apple devices has been rising steadily for the last few years.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Have you successfully updated your devices? Does this latest flaw make you question Apple’s security practices? Let us know in the comments.