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Apple Issues Critical iOS Update to Protect Against New Malware

On Thursday, August 25, Apple released an important software update for iOS 9.3.5 that patches recently identified vulnerabilities that have put iPhone and iPad devices at high risk for malware.


The patch aims to protect users from a new malware, referred to as “Trident” that allows attackers to see almost everything on the victim’s device, including reading text messages, recording calls, turning on the phone’s camera and microphone and tracking your location.

To ensure your phone is protected, Apple recommends updating your phone to the latest patched version of iOS 9 as soon as possible.

To check the iOS version on your device:

  1. Open Settings
  2. Tap General
  3. Tap About

If the version is listed as 9.3.5, you already have the latest patched version. If you are using an earlier version, you can update to the latest patched version using the following steps:

  1. Open Settings
  2. Tap General
  3. Tap Software Update
  4. Tap Download and Install. You will need to agree to the terms and conditions and enter your passcode (if you have one).

Software updates often include important patches that repair known vulnerabilities that make your device(s) susceptible to malware. If you use your phone to access sensitive information, such as you bank accounts, it’s crucial that you keep your phone’s operating system and applications up to date. For more ways you can keep your information safe online, visit onguardonline.gov.

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