Apple’s security breach

Security breaches and hacker attacks on applications, services, and operating systems are a more common problem than we would like. Several issues like these have been known so far in 2021; a vulnerability in TikTok that exposed user data, bugs in Facebook Messenger, Signal, and Google Duo allowed spying on users through the microphone, and Apple detected a security breach in the current version of its operating system.

Apple’s case is one of the most surprising, as security has always been one of the company’s top priorities. However, at the end of January, the company reported through its support page that it had found three security breaches that “could have been exploited internally” and could have compromised user information.

What was the security flaw?

Apple confirmed that they found three vulnerabilities, but did not disclose too many details about the case. They emphasized that the company will not disclose or confirm the security problems detected until they have conducted an investigation of the case and the corrections are available.

However, it was learned that a series of exploits that cybercriminals could take advantage of was the cause of the breach. However, for them to be able to execute it and steal personal data, they need to exploit more bugs. According to Apple, the drawback came from its Webkit, an open-source engine used by iOS and Safari.

Update: Apple’s solution

Through its support page, Apple asked users who experienced problems with their Apple ID password on their iPhone or iPad to check their website where they offer help to solve security problems. On Apple’s website, the company explains what to do if you believe your account is at risk and how to proceed in case you find recent charges you don’t recognize. 

In the case of users who detected privacy or security breaches in any of their Apple products, the company asked them to complete a report. The report requests information such as the model of the affected product, software version used, among other things.

However, Apple’s real solution to the security breaches found was a security patch. However, these were included in iOS 14.4, so the company asked users to update the operating system immediately. If you have not done so, do it now! This update includes other new features such as smaller QR code reading in the camera and keyboard lag fixes.

Upcoming features for smartphones in 2021

How to update your iPhone or iPad?

Usually, when updates are available, a message will be displayed on the device indicating this. In that case, it is as simple as selecting ‘Install now’. In case you missed the message, you can also update your devices by following these steps. 

  • Go to Settings > General and then click Software Update.
  • Tap Download and Install; you might see a message stating that you need to temporarily remove some applications so that the update can be installed. If this is the case, you should check Continue. Once the update is installed, the device will reinstall the deleted apps.
  • Check Install to update immediately, or you can select the Later option if you don’t want to do it right away. 
  • You may be prompted for your device passcode. If you don’t know it, you can fix it on this page

It is important to be aware of security breaches that Apple reported since your devices could be at risk. Be sure to update them when appropriate to keep your data away from cybercriminals.