Yesterday Apple released a series of security updates for most of their current software. I recommend installing them right away (today if possible, or right now if you are involved in politics) as these updates contain a security fix for an actively used exploit. This security flaw has been used by Pegasus, which is spy software used by many governments to spy on people of interest such as journalists, politicians, and activists. Without being patched, Pegasus can be installed on your device easily by sending you a particular text message.
The released software is:
- iOS 16.6.1
- iPadOS 16.6.1
- macOS 13.5.2
- watchOS 9.6.2
Does it seem like these updates are happening with more frequency? It’s because they are. But not because of declining quality of Apple’s software. As our iPhones become more powerful, as we use them for more, and as they become more ubiquitous, they are becoming an increasingly valuable target and being hacked poses a bigger problem for us. Apple’s software has never been more secure, but the internet is becoming a more hostile place.
- Mac (macOS 13 Ventura or later): Click the Apple menu > System Settings > General > Software Update.
- Mac (macOS 12 Monterey or earlier): Click the Apple menu > System Preferences > Software Update. Apple Support Article HT201541
- iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch: Open the Settings app > General > Software Update. Apple Support Article HT204204
- Apple Watch: First update your iPhone, then on your iPhone tap the Watch app > General > Software Update. Apple Support Article HT204641
- Apple TV: Go to the Settings app > System > Software Update. Apple Support Article HT202716
- HomePod: Updates will install automatically. To push the update along faster see the instructions in Apple Support Article HT208247
If you are an existing customer who needs help with this or if you have other questions, or if you are in San Francisco and interested in becoming a client I invite you to book an appointment with me. Otherwise, you may wish to contact Apple Support or find a local Apple consultant.
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