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Apple iOS 10.2.1 has a great secret feature

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Written by Kamil Arli

Forbes Columnist Gordon Kelly says that Apple iOS 10.2.1 has a great secret feature

The release of iOS 10.2.1 has been a complete mess, but there is good news because dig deep and you’ll find one of the core features of iOS delivers crucial changes which make this upgrade essential…

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The detail can be found on Apple AAPL -0.10%’s iOS 10.2.1 security content page where it lists 13 significant vulnerabilities that have been fixed across the App Store, Safari, WebKit and multiple apps. But the real kudos to Apple’s super fast security patches is in dealing with two threats in particular as they could have taken full control of your device.

Apple iOS 10.2.1. Image credit: Amit Chowdhry

Speaking to Wired, Malwarebytes senior security research JP Taggart spelt out the danger of these exploits:

“[They] can add files, delete files, or execute any actions. Want to record conversations and forward them to someone else? It can do that. Want to install additional malicious software? It can do that. Want to uninstall programs on the affected phone? It can do that. Want to hide these actions, programs and files from the user? It can do that too.”

THANKFULLY IOS 10.2.1 SLAMS THE DOOR SHUT ON BOTH THESE SIGNIFICANT SECURITY

Thankfully iOS 10.2.1 slams the door shut on both these significant security holes and the best bit is it does so before they were public knowledge, meaning hackers have missed their chance this time around. Apple also has Google to thank as its Project Zero security program found nine of the 11 vulnerabilities patched in the update.

That said Apple has some trouble on the horizon as hackers are now working out exactly where the weaknesses in iOS tend to be. “They now know where to concentrate their efforts,” admits Taggart.

FURTHERMORE, GIVEN RECENT IOS UPDATES HAVE HAD SOME SIGNIFICANT PROBLEMS

Furthermore, given recent iOS updates have had some significant problems, the news that installing Apple’s latest updates may become essential to plug regular security breaches will have some iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users feeling very nervous about tapping the Install button…

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Kamil Arli

Editor of DigitalReview.co. Digital Media Consultant

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