People who conduct fraudulent activities such as hacking do not choose an exact timing or season. No particular technology can even escape their agenda. Latest reports reveal hackers have found a new way to break into iPhones, which are widely known as the most secure mobile device out there.
Latest news suggests hackers can now steal your iPhone data just by sending you a text message. Google Project Zero researcher Natalie Silvanovich found an interaction-less bug that could allow a hacker to extract data from iOS iMessage easily.
iPhones are more challenging to hack than other mobile phones. It is also a common knowledge that Apple has set high standards for user privacy and data security on each of their products. However, hackers can still target any sophisticated device they want. Apple has no control over where user information travels once an application you visit or install collects it.
Hackers could tailor a text message to an iPhone user, and the iMessage server would send back critical user data such as messages or images. It could happen without even opening the app. iMessage is vulnerable to such attack because of all the extensions and interconnections it offers.
Protecting Your iPhone From Interaction-Less Attacks
Keeping your operating system (OS) and applications updated is the best way to prevent hackers from breaking into your iPhone. Apple urges its users to update their iPhones to the latest version, which is iOS 12.4. In line with this, we provide you with a helpful guide in updating your iOS:
- Plug your iPhone into a power socket and connect to a Wi-Fi network.
- Go to Settings > General > Software Update.
- Tap “Download and Install.”
- Tap “Install” for an immediate update or choose “Later” then “Install Tonight” to update while your phone is charging overnight.
- Enter your passcode if needed.
You can also update your iPhone manually using a wired connection:
- Install the latest version of iTunes on your computer.
- Connect your device to your computer via the supplied USB cable.
- Open iTunes and select your device.
- Click Summary > Check for Update.
- Choose “Download and Update.”
- Enter your passcode if needed.
Protecting Your iPhone From Hackers In General
Every day, hackers find creative ways to exploit sensitive data for their benefit. Therefore, we provide you with security tips to keep your iPhone secure. This guide should also address concerns about your private information, website logins, emails, text messages, and confidential files such as photos and videos.
- Keep iOS updated.
- Activate “Find My iPhone.” It is where you can log in from another iOS device if you lose your iPhone. You can remotely wipe your data from the lost iPhone so that hackers will find nothing.
- Create a longer password. Law enforcement agencies use the hacking tool GrayKey to crack a four-digit passcode in a couple of hours, even a six-digit code in a few days. Although Apple has effectively disabled this tool from its products, it is always better to be safe than sorry.
- Enable the Auto-wipe feature. Here, the iPhone will automatically erase all data after ten incorrect password guesses. It should keep you from worrying too much.
- Avoid opening suspicious links.
- Revoke third-party app permissions.
- Turn off Siri.
- Disable auto-fill. This feature in Safari provides hackers with access to all your online logins. It is highly recommended to disable “AutoFill” through Settings.
Hackers can take everything away from you with a few clicks. So, be proactive and take steps to protect your iPhone from them.