presented by Doble LeBranti Financial Group
Apple recently released iOS 15, which includes a software upgrade designed to address myriad vulnerabilities that could be exploited by malicious actors.
Apple has released iOS 15, iPadOS 15, watchOS 8, and macOS Big Sur 11.6, all of which include important security fixes that address several flaws, most notably the Pegasus spyware bug, a zero-day (i.e., previously unknown) vulnerability. The fix plugs a hole in iMessage software that could allow hackers to infect an Apple device remotely without your knowledge or the need for you to click any links.
Which Apple Products Are Affected?
The following Apple products are affected by the vulnerabilities and should be updated immediately:
- watchOS versions before 7.6.2
- Safari versions before 14.1.2 (146188.8.131.52.7 on macOS Mojave and 156184.108.40.206.7 on macOS Catalina)
- iOS/iPadOS versions before 14.8
- macOS Big Sur versions before 11.6
- macOS Catalina without Security Update 2021-005
What Do I Need to Do?
Apple and the Information Security team at Commonwealth, the firm we partner with to better serve you, recommend that users immediately update all Apple devices—iPhones, iPads, Macs, and Apple Watches—to install the latest iOS version.
Please note: The updates will also include a fix for Safari browsers.
On an iPhone or iPad, manually check for iOS 15 or iPadOS 15 by opening the Settings app on your device, tapping General, tapping Software Update, and tapping Install Update.
- On macOS, click the Apple logo in the top-left corner of the screen, select System Preferences and then click Software Update (marked with a gear icon). After your Mac checks for available updates, click Update Now.
- To update an Apple Watch, open the Watch app on your iPhone, tap My Watch (if necessary), tap General, tap Software Update, and tap to install.
Until software updates have been appropriately installed, be aware of sites visited and downloads made across your Apple devices. Additional recommendations include:
Don’t download, accept, or execute files from untrusted or unknown sources.
- Don’t visit untrusted websites or follow links provide by untrusted or unknown sources.
- Evaluate read, write, and execute permissions on any newly installed software or apps.
- Update your Apple devices as quickly as possible.
We hope you find this information helpful in keeping your devices and information safe from would-be hackers. If you have any questions about how we protect your information, don’t hesitate to reach out.
Dennis & Rich