Most of the posts on this blog are about how to keep your kids safe from pornography, cyberbullying, predators, and other threats like that. However, protecting your and your children’s devices from hackers is equally as important. That’s why you need to know about yesterday’s iPhone update. The latest version of iOS 10 will sure up a gap in security that would allow hackers to use the wifi chip in your device to gain access to your iPhone or iPad. This means that you don’t have to do anything to allow them access, just be close enough to their wifi network with your phone’s wifi connection turned on. That’s a crazy easy hack.
Here’s what you should do. Install the latest update TODAY. You should have been asked yesterday (Wednesday July 20th) if you’d like to update, if you ignored it then it’s time to go into your settings, tap on general, and then software update. On the update page click install now and plug your phone in to power. This will get you all secure. If you have an Android phone you received an update a couple of weeks ago that should have fixed the issue. If you’ve been ignoring that update then stop doing that and install now. I’ve written in the recent past about the importance of updating your operating system and this news is just more evidence of how urgent some of these updates can be.