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Download the latest update for your Apple iOS device today to prevent online spying

Author: ITS

Posted on Aug 31, 2016

Category: IT Security Alerts

Do you own an iPhone, iPad or iPod?

Due to a security flaw recently found in select Apple products, anyone with an Apple mobile device is strongly encouraged to download the latest software update from Apple, iOS 9.3.5, in order to reduce any risk to their personal information.

What you need to know:

- A company called the NSO Group has reportedly been taking advantage of security vulnerabilities found in popular Apple products.
- Those who have been targeted are at risk of having their text messages and emails exploited, their calls, contacts and whereabouts tracked, their passwords collected, and even certain sounds recorded.
- In response to the security and privacy breach, Apple has released a patched version of its mobile software, called iOS 9.3.5.
- The software update is available for iPhone 4s and later, iPad 2 and later, and iPod touch (5th generation) and later—any devices that cannot be updated should be considered at risk.

What you should do:
- All users are encouraged to install the update (iOS 9.3.5) as soon as possible, and/or to consider switching to an edition of the device that is able to be updated.
- Contact the ITS Help Desk with any questions.

iPhone with a lock on the screen

Learn more about this security issue from the New York Times.

Protect Yourself. Protect Your Stuff. Protect UNB. Visit go.unb.ca/itsecurity for more information and other security alerts.