Apple released its latest security update on May 15. However, if you’re like me, you probably didn’t get to it yet—which is a big mistake. With the number of hackers out there creating Trojans, viruses, and malware—as well as the thousands of people using iPhone spy app programs—keeping up with security updates is integral.
No one wants to have their iPhone, Mac, Apple TV, or Apple watch hijacked. Yet, plenty of people have it done every day. Why? Because they ignore the updates that should be taken care of right away. They put it to the side because they’re busy at the moment. They don’t want to interrupt their texting. Or they’re in the middle of a major battle in Clash Royale. Believe me. I understand. While I’m not a big texter, I’ve been known to get lost in a good clash for hours. And because of that, I’ve missed out on updating my security. Big mistake.
Ignoring my iPhone security update got me hacked
Yep. You read that subhead right. I skipped an iPhone security update last year and paid the price. Big time. I got hacked. Not sure what I did exactly, but I know I did something. I’ve done all of the things that every website—including this one—tells you NOT to do. Clicked on links I shouldn’t have. Friended people I never met. Jailbroke my phone so I could get non-Apple store apps. I was reckless.
And then one day in a Starbucks, I looked down on my phone and saw words being typed. At first, I was like, “What the heck.” Then it stopped. I showed my buddy and he said, “Dude, you’re being hacked. Shut it down.”
I immediately took my phone offline by switching to Airplane mode. The typing stopped. I then powered down. Later that day—I turned it back on. Nothing happened, but I was totally paranoid. I hadn’t been that freaked out since a crazy ex-girlfriend of mine used an iPhone spy app on me. I ended up factory resetting my phone and lost a bunch of stuff I didn’t back up.
Apple’s security updates can protect you from hackers and iPhone spy app users
Apple is great. They make fantastic products and run a tight ship. They release security updates regularly for their iPhones, iPads, Macs, Apple TVs, iWatches and even their Windows software. So, pretty much, the only way you’re going to get hacked is if you do any or all of the following:
- Pay a bill while using a public Wi-Fi network
- Open messages from people you don’t know
- Jailbreak your phone
- Use a public charging station
- Surf tons of unsafe websites
- Ignore security updates
Do yourself a favor, update your security software now—if you haven’t already. It’s one of the easiest things you can do on your phone and shouldn’t be put off. After all, your entire life may be on that phone—past, present, and future. Don’t risk losing it.
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