If you also got the latest iOS and iPadOS 14.4 update on your devices, that is because Apple received credible intel that there is a threat on the affected devices – and they moved to fix it.
A Lazarus group in Asia is also famous for working on multiple apps that they can use to get a backdoor into the Mac devices that the company sells. If that tells you anything, it is that Apple devices are far from Fort Knox that you might have believed them to be. So that you don’t find yourself a victim, make sure to do these today.
Explore Your Device Settings
Whether an iPhone, iPad, or Mac computer, your device settings dashboard is the first place to be.
What to look for in there, you ask?
- Check that all the apps on your phone were installed by you. This way, you can get rid of malware and some forms of spyware.
- Check all the app permissions. No app should be allowed access to more than it needs to function properly.
- For Mac users, ensure in-built encryption settings such as FileVault are turned on. Disable Spotlight suggestions and enable a password to wake your device from sleep.
- Enable the ‘Find My’ service for your device. If someone were to steal it, you could easily get it back from them.
- Play around the various security and privacy settings to see what you would change on these devices.
Take Note of Updates
Some researchers found that you could hack an iPhone or iPad remotely with a new flaw. Apple sent out an update some week ago to fix that problem.
In the past, a company came out with a device that could hack the iPhone and iPad via the lightning port. Again, Apple sent out an update to address the issue.
We could go on, but you get it already: updates and software upgrades are not just there to add new widgets to the phone or new features to your apps. Sometimes, they are the only thing standing between you and a successful hack.
The Lazarus group knows that some users don’t want to pay the premium price for otherwise premium apps. Thus, they will make the free/ cracked versions of these apps available with malware on them.
Installing such apps is like inviting the malware into your own home with your own hands.
Besides all the copyright laws that you will be breaking by downloading and installing such apps, your data is also at risk.
Install Security Software
Apple should be lauded for all the good work it has done in the device security and privacy niche. However, they cannot do it all – so they need help from dedicated security apps.
Here are the ones we recommend:
- 2FA app – you can use your SMS for 2FA, but the message can be intercepted by hackers. 2FA apps generate the code in-app so there is a limited chance of hacking.
- VPN – you can get a VPN for your iPhone or iPad, a specialized Mac VPN, or a general one for your router so that it works for all units connected to the network. No matter which one you get, your connection stays encrypted.
- Antimalware – something to keep an eye on all the files that you download, the attachments in your emails, and the existing files on your computer.
Get Started Today
These tips are as straightforward as they can be, yet they prove very effective in Apple device privacy and security. Try it out today and thank us later.