It is recommended that you update your iPhone now.
Go to your settings to download theApple's latest update. © Capture BDM
Apple has just urgently published the iOS update and iPadOS 14.8 for iPhone and iPad owners to address a significant vulnerability. As the company explains, this update brings important security fixes and is recommended for all users. Simultaneously, and for the same reasons, new updates are also released for macOS and watchOS .
Why is it necessary to download the iOS 14.8 update?
Security researchers from Citizen Lab revealed a flaw that would allow spyware from the Israeli group NSO ( Pegasus) to install malware in an iPhone or iPad without a single click (called "Zero-Click Exploit" in English). This means that an iPhone owner who would be the target in question could be infected without having taken a particular action, which is why the vulnerability is all the more serious.
This Pegasus software is considered dangerous because once infiltrated your device, it is able to steal your data, passwords and and activate your microphone or camera. It is also in capacityto record messages, texts, emails, calls…
The iOS 14.8 update also fixes a second security problem concerning WebKit, discovered by an "anonymous researcher".
How to download the latest 14.8 update?
To update your iPhone or iPad and keep your iPhone or iPad safe, you need to go to your settings:
- Go to Settings,
- Tap General, then Software Update,
- Select Download and Install.
Note: remember to check that you have activated automatic updates in Software Update, this will allow you to obtain the latest updates more quickly and thus ensure the security of your device on a daily basis. When you start an update, make sure you have a connection to a Wi-Fi network available.