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Apple has just released an update to address a critical security vulnerability

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If you use an Apple Watch, iPhone or iPad, now is the time to make sure you downloaded and applied the latest operating system update there on your device. Since the tech giant has just fixed a critical security vulnerability that could make you very vulnerable.

In its statement on iOS and iPadOS (as well as WatchOS), Apple confirmed that it is “aware of a report that this problem may have been actively exploited”. This means that the vulnerability may have already been discovered and exploited by hackers, hence the urgency of the security patch.

As mentioned in Apple’s patch notes, the exploit was found by Google’s Project Zero team and impacts WebKit – the browser engine that Apple used to build Safari.

Apple has just released an update to address a critical

For iPhone and iPad users, this will bring the operating system up to version 14.4.2 (before the upcoming iOS 14.5 release) and the Apple Watch OS version for 7.3.3. But as always, security is a very important thing, so we must do this urgently.

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For most users, this update will arrive automatically, but if you check the version of your device’s operating system and find that it does not match the above, you must manually update your device to the latest version in Settings> General> Update software.

Apple has provided a list of compatible devices, which we will list below:

  • iPhone 6s and later
  • iPad Pro (all models)
  • iPad Air 2 and later
  • 5th generation and later iPad
  • iPad mini 4 and later
  • iPod touch (7th generation)
  • Apple Watch Series 3 and later

While only a small percentage of security vulnerabilities are actually exploited, it is good practice to apply security patches from technology companies as they become available, so that hackers never have a chance.

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