iPhone and Mac users must install a new system update to avoid a devastating hack—which could steal all their private photos and wipe their gadgets clean.
Cybersecurity experts at Trellix have identified a major chink in the armour of iOS and macOS which makes it possible for hackers to gain access to users' most private information, from messages and photos to location data and call history.
Fortunately, Apple fixed the exploits in January with the release of macOS 13.2 and iOS 16.3.
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But many users still haven't installed the updates, which provide critical protection against hackers who would exploit the issue.
Apple's gadgets are known for being typically more secure than that of their competitors, including Microsoft Windows.
That's because they have put in measures which limit the ability of app developers to access parts of the device that they aren't supposed to.
But the Trellix team showed that a group of hackers at the NSO Group were able to break through this protection and use it to create the Pegasus spyware. Both governmental agencies like the FBI and cybercriminals have paid millions for the spyware.
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It's really easy to install the new iOS and macOS updates. To install it on your iPhone, simply open the Settings then tap General > Software Update. You should be able to see all the information about 'what's new' in iOS 16.3.
Just plug in your device to a charger and connect to WiFi to begin downloading the update.
You can do the same on Mac too. Tap the Apple logo in the top left corner of your screen, then open System Preferences or System Settings.
Click 'General' then look for Software Update. Follow the steps on-screen to install.
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