25 Jan Update your iPhone software NOW: iOS 10.2.1 fixes ‘devastating’ security bugs that could leak your private data
- Over a dozen security vulnerabilities are described in Apple’s iOS 10.2.1 release
- These flaws include allowing malicious apps to take control over the device
Many Apple users might feel wary of updating their software when a new update is released straight away, for fear of new glitches.
But the latest iPhone, iPad and iPod touch software, iOS 10.2.1 out yesterday, is an important one.
The update fixes bugs that could potentially leak all your personal information, or give someone control over your device, according to reports.
Most iOS updates involve security fixes of varying severity.
But iOS 10.2.1 protects against a range of possibly ‘devastating’ attacks.
Over a dozen security vulnerabilities are described in Apple’s iOS 10.2.1 release, including 11 focused around the browser engine behind Safari, the App Store, and lots of iOS apps.
One of the flaws related to the web browser meant clicking on the wrong web content could give hackers access to off-limits areas.
The security flaws also include two cases where applications could take over the device completely.
‘An application may be able to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges,’ Apple says.