Hackers out there have suddenly decided to concentrate on Apple devices. Apple seems to be keeping up but only if you update your iPad, iPhone, iMac, or MacBook with the latest software. It’s easy (and probably safest) to go into your Settings and check the box for Automatic Updates.
You should update your iPhone and iPad to iOS 14.5.1 right away
The update includes security fixes for bugs that are actively being exploited.
Apple on Monday released iOS 14.5.1 and iPadOS 14.5.1 for its iPhone and iPad lineup. The update comes just a week after iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 were officially released, but there’s a good reason for the back-to-back updates: It includes a fix for two security issues that, according to Apple, are actively being used.
According to a security post about Monday’s update, there are two WebKit bugs that “Apple is aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited.”
The issue impacts the iPhone 6S or newer, all iPad Pro models, the iPad Air 2 or newer, the iPad 5th generation or newer, the iPad Mini 4 or later, and the latest iPod touch.
To update your device, open Settings > General > Software Update and follow the prompts. As always, it’s a good idea to backup your device before installing the update.
Apple also released a similar update for its Mac lineup with MacOS 11.3.1, WatchOS 7.4.1 for the Apple Watch, and iOS 12.5.3 for older iPhone and iPad models.