Apple iPhone, iPad and Mac just landed on Dept of Homeland Security warning list

Apple iPhone, iPad and Mac just landed on Dept of Homeland Security warning list

Update your software asap to address important security issues alerted by CISA

by Kurt Knutsson

This week, Apple rolled out crucial updates to its iOS and Safari browsers on iPhone, iPad, and Macs, addressing critical security vulnerabilities, including a way to allow apps to “observe unprotected user data” through its Shortcuts app.

What is unique is that Apple is admitting in the release notes of a known report of someone taking advantage and exploiting this vulnerability.  Apple does not talk about potentially dangerous security issues until after a fix is available.

Homeland Security warning triggered about Apple attack potential

The threat is substantial enough to have initiated an alert about the needed update from the National Cyber Awareness System at the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency of the Department of Homeland Security.

These updates include iOS 16.3.1, iPadOS 16.3.1, and macOS Ventura 13.2.1.  Apple is also rolling out Safari 16.3.1 to older operating systems, including macOS Big Sur and macOS Monterey.

As soon as new software is available, it’s always a good idea to keep your devices updated with the latest security patches.

Credit: Apple

First, always be sure to backup your devices

How to backup your Mac

  • Connect an external drive to your Mac
  • Click the Time Machine preferences icon  in the upper right corner of your computer menu bar.
  • Click Select Backup Disk
  • Choose the name of your disk, then click Use Disk.  Now Time Machine will begin making automatic backups on a frequent basis.

How to backup your iOS device (iPhone, Tablet) using iCloud

  • Go to Settings
  • Click the first row with your name
  • Click iCloud.
  • Click iCloud Backup and toggle on.
  • iCloud will automatically back up your phone daily.  You can also manually click Back Up Now on this screen to force a backup.

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Now it’s time to update your devices.

How to update Your Mac to the latest software

  • Go to the Apple icon in the upper left-hand corner of your screen
  • Click “About this Mac”
  • Click the “Software Updates” button
  • Click “Update Now”
  • If you don’t have the latest operating system, you will have to upgrade your operating system first before updating the software.

How to update your iPhone or iPad to the latest software

  1. Tap Settings > General > Software Update to see the newest version of iOS
  2. Select Download and Install

How to update your Apple Watch to the latest software

  • Be sure you’re Apple Watch is connected to WiFi
  • Click Settings app
  • Click General
  • Click Software Update
  • Click Install

How to update your Apple TV to the latest software

  • Click Settings
  • Click System
  • Click Software Updates
  • Click Update Software
  • Click Download and Install

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Lock up your tech

With continuous security patches that are constantly pushed to owners of all devices, operating systems and software, a good precaution is to always keep antivirus software running on your devices in the background.  My top choice for Antivirus software for Apple devices (as well as Windows & Android devices) is TotalAV.  You’ll have peace of mind knowing you’ll have real-time protection, phishing scam protection, ransomware protection, plus more.  Limited-time deal for CyberGuy readers: $19 your first year (80% off).

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