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iOS 7.0.6 Fixes Major Security Hole - Update Now

By February 25, 2014

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Late last week, Apple released iOS 7.0.6, a bug-fix update to the iOS. Apple releases these small updates all the time, so this didn't seem unusual. However, as people began to understand the bug that the update fixed, it became clear that it was a major security hole.

The bug causes Macs and iOS devices to not correctly check website security certificates. So, anytime you log into a secure site--online banking, e-commerce, etc.--you're potentially at risk. What's really scary is that the bug makes it possible for a hacker to pretend to be your bank or other website and capture your personal and payment information.

Needless to say, you need this update now.

The update is also available for iOS 6 and for the Apple TV. An update for Macs will be released soon, according to Apple.

Updates to the iOS are free and can be installed via iTunes or directly on your device.

February 27, 2014 at 9:52 am
(1) Cynthia says:

I have an iPhone5, 16G, still running iOS6 and was happy enough. I see references to an update for iOS6 to fix this security hole, but my only available option seems to be to upgrade to iOS7, which apparently requires 3.9G. The patch itself seems to be very small. I don’t have room, or want to make room for iOS7 (I can only carry 5G of music as it is). Why won’t Apple just fix this dang security hole for iOS6 users?! Feels like they have me (and many more like me) in a box – at significant risk of IDTheft vs losing significant capacity of my smartphone, because of their carelessness. I’m no longer happy.

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