*On the one hand, the growing technology movement has enabled us to have lives that are much more convenient. We can reach someone across the world at lightening speed via instant message, Skype, Face Time and the like; but let’s face it (no pun intended) on the other hand, the price we pay for these conveniences is extremely high.
Just like someone who feels the painstaking paranoia of constantly looking over your shoulder to see if you’re being followed, technology makes us extremely vulnerable to predators if we neglect to take steps that lead to our successful security.
This means constantly updating our equipment to prevent an intrusion. Hey anything-Apple mobile device users, you might want to pay attention starting now.
A software update for the iOS 7 mobile operating system released by Apple last Friday aims to eliminate a potential security risk for users of iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
In a press release, Apple states that the software update “provides a fix for SSL connection verification.”
SSL is an acronym for secure socket layer. This enables the encryption of data that is sent over the Internet.
According to a blog post from security technology firm CrowdStrike, a vulnerability such as this would allow a potential attacker to intercept data such as email messages to or from your device. The attacker could alter that data to “deliver exploits to take control of your system,” according to the post.
CrowdStrike recommends that users install the latest software updates as soon as possible once they are on a trusted network connection.
On Apple’s security support page, the company said the flaw stemmed from a failure to validate the authenticity of the connection. Apple said the patch restores the missing validation steps.
Apple said the same vulnerability exists in its OS X operating system for Mac computers.
“We are aware of this issue and already have a software fix that will be released very soon,” an Apple spokeswoman states.