Apple’s SSL Bug: how this breach in IOS security impacts you

Posted by | February 26, 2014 | Mobile Applications, Online Software | No Comments

Last week, Apple released that there is a system vulnerability in its key encrycption technology for IOS devices (for IPhones, IPads, and ITouch devices) that can impact your communication with websites. The patch released last week corrects what apple calls a “fix for SSL Bug a connection verification.”

SSL Bug – Is your iphone at risk?

Without the patch, the computer is left open for an attacker to modify or capture information that is usually protected by SSL/TLS (essentially SSL/TLS act as a secure link between your computer and another websites server). For example, if you are on your bank website, the attacker could capture your relevant login information or bank information because they can intercept your communications and pretend to be the bank.

This SSL Bug is no small security breach.

What is attributable to a small error in code has left millions vulnerable to these attacks.
But, there is something you can do about it.

Apple released a critical updates for OSX 10.7, 10.8 and 10.9

1) On your iOS device go to Settings > General > Software Update and update your device. Make sure it’s backed up first.

2) Hook your device up to your computer, open iTunes, and select your device. Then, click on ‘Backup’ and then click on ‘Update’.

For the safety and security of your information, please do this as soon as you can.

Margaret

About Margaret

For the past three years, Margaret had worked within the non-profit sector doing grantwriting, copy writing for social media and print platforms, Website and CMS management and graphic design. She recently left her job as the executive director of the Alaska Farmland Trust to focus on other things, but she still enjoys the challenge of helping others with their website and technical copy writing needs, skills thatI she has had the chance to develop for years.

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