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Apple warns iPhone users over hacking risk and what you need to do to fix it

Apple warns iPhone users over hacking risk and what you need to do to fix it

It's important to fix the issue to protect your digital presence

A warning has been issued to all iPhone users over the risk of hacking to your devices. But don't worry, there's an easy fix for the problem.

Protecting your smartphone, whether its an iPhone, Android or Google device, is critical to having a digital presence.

Almost everything we do is online, and our phones crucially hold all the information that makes us who we are. We're talking log in details for your online banking, confidential emails, and access to our social media accounts.

Once criminals get into our private information, such as through hacking our passwords - just turn on two-factor authentication already - it can be very disruptive to our personal, professional and financial lives.

Apple, the company which makes the iPhone, has admitted that hackers could exploit a flaw in its system.

"An attacker with arbitrary kernel read and write capability may be able to bypass kernel memory protections," the company said.

"Apple is aware of a report that this issue may have been exploited."

And while the company says the issue was solved back in the iOS 16.7.6 update, it's not the only recent issue with devices.

Another more recent problem concerns AirPods, Siri Remote, Apple Pencil 2 and Smart Keyboard Folio. The devices pose a hacking risk that allows criminals to overwrite and bypass memory protections on your devices.

Social media apps on an iPhone.
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Apple is now stressing how important it is to keep on top of the latest iOS available to eradicate this problem and keep your device as safe as possible.

The latest iOS is the 17.4.1 update. It is set to be released any day now, Forbes has reported.

It comes one week after 17.4 was released, which is the main update here concerning keeping your device and information safe.

Those who have updated to 17.4 have noticed a few glitches, with reports of battery life being drained quickly and apps such as Apple Music not working. The update about to drop will no doubt fix the teething problems some are experiencing.

Hackers are constantly trying to steal your information.
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TikToker Scott Polderman said: "Apple issued a new warning to all iPhone users. They recommend that you download iOS 17.4 immediately. There's security patches in this new update that prevent hackers from getting complete access to your iPhone.

"I have to tell you I just updated my iPhone to test out 17.4. And unfortunately, I'm having a glitch with the Apple Music."

You can find your latest available iPhone update by going in to your Settings, then General, and opting for Software Update.

LADbible has contacted Apple for comment.

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