A major Apple security flaw allows cybercrooks and spies to grab personal information like email, credit card numbers, and other sensitive data. Apple confirmed researchers' findings that the same SSL/TSL security flaw fixed with the latest iOS 7.0.2 update is also present in notebook and desktop machines running OS X.
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It is clear that we need constant protection to cover flaws that will always exist; flaws that we are not even aware of. Reuter's reported that
The bug has been present for months, according to researchers who tested earlier versions of Apple's software. No one had publicly reported it before, which means that any knowledge of it was tightly held and that there is a chance it hadn't been used.
But documents leaked by former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden showed agents boasting that they could break into any iPhone, and that hadn't been public knowledge either.
It's very public now, and that means the race is on between cybercrooks to exploit the flaw and Apple to fix it. You are exposed until the bugs are identified by the vendor, a patch is created, and it's pushed out or you install it. Your vulnerability increases when you use public WiFi Hotspots.
Your best protection is constant protection
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“Hackers target public hotspots, where it’s easy to follow every move that users of the WiFi connection make, allowing them to access emails, passwords, documents, and browsing behavior,” said Vincent Steckler, Chief Executive Officer of AVAST Software. “Open WiFi is not going away - we just need to make sure there’s a more secure way to connect, which is why we offer avast! SecureLine VPN for iPads, iPhones, PCs, and Android devices.”
avast! SecureLine protects your data from the Apple flaw
Once avast! SecureLine VPN is installed onto your iPhone or iPad, it automatically notifies you of the risks of connecting to unsecured WiFi, and you have the option of connecting to the secure VPN. SecureLine creates a private ‘tunnel’ for your data to travel through, and all your activities done over the internet - inbound and outbound - through the tunnel are encrypted.
“Unfortunately hacking isn’t a complicated process – there are tools available online that anyone can easily use to steal personal data,” says Ondrej Vlček, Chief Operating Officer at AVAST. “We created avast! SecureLine VPN to allow users to browse the web anonymously and safely, especially while using open WiFi.”
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avast! SecureLine VPN is available as a monthly or yearly subscription for iOS in the Apple App Store.
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