Apples Latest Security Concern
It seems every month we are talking about Microsoft, Adobe and Java vulnerabilities. However this week the industry is seeing something a little more rare: Apple security fixes.
For all the talk that Apple is largely immune to hacker attacks, the company this week issued a fix for Mac computers & Apple mobile devices (iPads and iPhones) to protect users’ personal information from being stolen by hackers. It’s a critical “gotofail” SSL flaw that could open a door for hackers to access a victim’s communications, including FaceTime video chats, e-mail addresses and address book appointments, and even Find My Mac tracking information.
I have been suggesting for years that Microsoft was a victim of their own success and that the many security concerns that often crop up are actually a result of the operating system’s (Windows) popularity. After all if you are a cybercriminal and you want to spend valuable programming time writing a Trojan Horse [for example] you probably want to get the biggest bang for your buck and that’s with Microsoft not Apple. Anyway back to this particular story.
The security update, OS X version 10.9.2, fixes the flaw in OS X Mavericks as well as the older Mountain Lion and a related security patch has been released for iPads and iPhones.
This bug could prove devastating, especially for mobile users. The iPhone is sometimes overlooked when it comes to updates and a lot of people will linger on older versions. Apple is really trying to get the word out to inspire it’s users to apply the update as soon as possible.
If you have a iPhone or iPad you can check to see if you need this security update in the Settings of your mobile device. If you do, apply it immediately.