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iPhone Bugs: a WiFi hack and app hack problems

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There was once upon a time when the iOS represented safety and security for a majority of iOS users.

Updates were supposed to bring along with it a semblance of security and stability, but apparently, this brought more problems than solutions. This report from The Guardian might not be a direct result of the said update, but apparently, a hack in WiFi devices exploited a flaw in the iOS that made iPhones and iPads useless.

In other news, this one from WREG tells of another major chink in the armor of the iOS, endangering the personal information of a lot of iPhone and iPad users. The flaw, which is inherent in the apps that are used by iOS users, would make a lot of banking passwords, sensitive information, and personal information vulnerable.

No iPhones and iPads allowed

The latest hack that iPhone and iPad users need to beware of uses one thing that?s supposed to be helping them: WiFi.

The latest hack, as reported by The Guardian, which forces an iPhone or an iPad to reboot and crash simultaneously with no hope of behaving right. The only thing that would fix the problem is if users got out of range of the malicious WiFi network, the report continued.

The credit goes to Skycure for the discovery of the newest security flaw. The report continued that users would not even be able to turn off their WiFi; that?s how bad the restart-crash cycle is. Skycure has since then alerted Apple of the vulnerability, with the hopes that Apple will be able to give a timely solution through an update. Apple, however, wasn?t available for comment as of the article?s publication.

App Hacks

That?s not the only vulnerability that the iOS has. A newly discovered security flaw?brought by WREG in this report?exposes sensitive information through hacking a lot of apps. These apps include everyday ones that users frequently open on their iPhones and iPads, and not even the vaunted security features of the iOS can bypass it. The flaw originates from the AFNetworking Software which the apps use.

Since then, however, app developers may have patched things up. The reports says app developers may have discovered the flaw in time?that doesn?t include, however, some others who may not have noticed the error just yet. SourceDNA released a list of vulnerable apps which users can visit here.

Protecting your iOS

It isn?t wise to just trust that the iOS will protect users from the big, bad viruses out there. If people think their phones are compromised, the best solution would be to use a competent anti-virus to source the problem out. As for sensitive information, it would be better to keep it in a safer and more secured place than mobile phones.

 

Also read:?iOS 8.2 Update Contains Two Annoying Issues: WiFried and Apple Watch Companion App,?New iOS Bug Targets 1,500 Apps, Exposes iPhones & iPads To Hacking

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