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If you’ve been keeping your ear tuned to the tech world, there’s a chance you’ve probably heard about Apple’s new emergency update. Although Apple rolls out updates quite often, this particular update, IOS 15.6.1, has been a security game changer. In this article, we’ll discuss the importance of the new Apple software update for Apple devices, why keeping your devices updated is critical, and how GXA can help keep your data safe.

Apple’s Emergency Update: What You Need to Know

On August 17th, Apple released an emergency security update IOS 15.6.1 This was a direct response to two new and significant vulnerabilities that had been discovered in their operating system. The first of these flaws could have allowed an attacker to remotely take control of a victim’s iPhone or iPad simply by getting them to click on a malicious link–no jailbreaking required. 

The second flaw could have given an attacker access to the content of encrypted backups made through iCloud, including photos, contacts, and other personal information.

These flaws were serious enough that an advisory was issued, urging users to perform the Apple software update as soon as possible. Fortunately, Apple was able to quickly release a patch for these vulnerabilities and no attacks using them have been reported.

What We Don’t Know

We don’t yet understand how the vulnerabilities were discovered. So far, thankfully, there have been no reported cases of them being exploited against users. Apple said it does not disclose, discuss or confirm any security issues until after an investigation has occurred and patches are available.

The Importance of Completing Software Updates

Keeping your software up to date is one of the simplest and most effective ways to protect yourself from online threats. When vulnerabilities are discovered in popular software, attackers will often create exploit kits–tools designed to take advantage of these flaws automatically. By keeping your software up to date, you can ensure that you’re protected against these attacks. 

In addition, many software companies will offer special rewards for those who report new vulnerabilities. This provides an incentive for security researchers to disclose new flaws instead of exploiting them themselves or selling them on the black market.

How to Update Your Apple Device

If you have an Apple device, you can perform the Apple software update by going to Settings > General > Software Update. Your device will check for updates and prompt you to install the latest version of IOS. It’s important to note that this update is only available for devices running IOS 15 or later. Make sure you’re constantly checking to see if there are new updates available. 

How GXA Can Help Keep You Safe

At GXA, we understand how crucial it is to keep your data safe. We offer a variety of services designed to monitor and protect sensitive information. Our team of IT experts can help you create a comprehensive plan that fits your unique needs. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you stay safe online.