Apple: Your iOS Device Is Now Hackable, Unless…

The Apple logo is displayed on a screen at Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference presentation at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California, on June 13, 2016. / AFP / GABRIELLE LURIE (Photo credit should read GABRIELLE LURIE/AFP/Getty Images)

Remember the claim that iOS cannot be hacked? Well, you should be a bit more worried now. It appears that numerous vulnerabilities have been found within the current software on Apple devices. Yes, this means your iPad, iPhone, and iPod. According to Cisco Talos, there is a file format called TIFF image processing (CVE-2016-4631) which is present in iOS 9.3.2. This exploit is also believed to be in previous iOS versions.

”What do I do? How do I protect myself?” is what you are probably thinking right now. The best way to protect yourself at the moment is to update your operating system to iOS 9.3.3 because Apple has addressed this problem with their latest update. It is highly recommended that you do so because the number of devices that are affected or vulnerable is very significant. A hacker can take advantage of the exploit and access your iOS device via Email or iMessage.

Keep in mind that older devices such as iPhone 4 or older are and will remain at risk since they do not have update 9.3.3 available for them. Th best thing to do is update your iOS right now or get a new device if the one you currently have is an old one. Now, the new update isn’t perfect and many have reported issues with the iBooks Store and some of your books or documents there might be gone as many have complained. Ladies and Gentlemen, this is a decision of security vs luxury. Do not hesitate to take this issue seriously.