I ask you again to update your Apple devices – The Verge

Well, here we are again: I’m writing an article to tell you that you should actually update your iPhone, iPad, or Mac as soon as possible, because their latest software fixes some pretty nasty bugs. Safety Notes for iOS / iPadOS 15.6.1 And the macOS 12.5.1 Describe bug fixes in the operating system kernel (essentially the kernel that controls everything) and WebKit that could allow an attacker to run malicious code on your device. The notes also warn that the bugs may have been actively exploited.

This is, unfortunately, something like the third or fourth time writing a Mail frankly Asking people to update their iPhone or Mac to fix some very serious security flaws. The truth is, I could have written this particular post more times than that – there was 13 Updates for iOS 15 Since its initial release, the nine Them fixed some kind of arbitrary code execution error. Oftentimes, some of these bugs allow attackers to gain kernel privileges.

What is more, five From those Safety Updates Include a warning “Apple is aware of a report that this issue has been actively exploited.”

So, even though you’ve done this many times this year (and honestly, the years before), I’ll repeat the steps to update your phone: Go to Settings > general > system update. On a Mac, go to System Preferences > system update.

Constant security updates isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Sure, it can be an indication that a lot of bugs are creeping into your software, but it could easily mean that a company has gotten really good at finding and eliminating existing issues. The reason I’m referring to Apple’s recent track record is not to shame it, but to remind everyone that updates these days are very important, and that they should be installed ASAP.

Yes, it is really annoying that you constantly update your computer or phone. Nobody wants to take their devices out of commission for the few minutes it takes to install an update. But Apple is working on a way to make important security updates easier and more automatic.

iOS and iPadOS 16, along with macOS Ventura, will do just that It includes something called Rapid Security Response‘, which appears to allow Apple to push security updates to your device that don’t require a restart. Although some updates may still require a restart (a kernel issue while the operating system is running is hard to correct), the feature may remove at least some The burden of keeping your device safe.

The company also offers an “extreme” security setting. Lock mode is called, although most people don’t want to turn it on. Apple says Lockdown Mode will turn off many features that are particularly vulnerable to security flaws, and it’s mostly intended for people who think they might be targeted by expert hackers, such as those appointed by governments. If so, the feature should be available when iOS 16 and macOS Ventura are released. (Plus, you seem pretty cool. Or pretty scary.)

However, the rest of us can make sure to keep our devices updated whenever new security patches come out – no matter how annoying or how often it happens.

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