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Urgent iPhone update

Urgent iPhone update

Hello iPhone users. Hope your phones are safe!! News is that there has been a botched attempt to hack into an iPhone recently. Apple have promptly responded with a global update and has marked it as “URGENT”.  The story is that the break in was attempted by an Arab activist with unknown spyware.  It is alleged to have been able to use three undisclosed weaknesses in iOS. If it had worked the spyware would have been able to take complete control of the device. What would happen after, I’ll leave it to your imagination.

Apple tell us..

We were made aware of this vulnerability and immediately fixed it with iOS 9.3.5. We advise all of our customers to always download the latest version of iOS to protect themselves against potential security exploits.

The rumour mill says that it was possibly made by an Israeli company and the most sophisticated one to date.

Anyway, I guess you know the drill now — Settings — General — Software Update.

More detail in this BBC story but keep safe folks.

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  • Don’t want your WhatsApp sharing with Facebook? Here’s what you need to do..

    Since Facebook’s huge purchase of the WhatsApp platform in 2014 and getting rid of the 99p annual fee, they’ve introduced a voice call facility, a desktop application and end-to-end encryption since. However, they never capitalised on any new revenue streams. Well, as you saw yesterday, Facebook-owned WhatsApp announced upcoming changes to their privacy policy which incorporate businesses being able to send messages to you through WhatsApp instead of the traditional SMS service. One positive message that came from the changes is that WhatsApp said they will not be putting advert banners into message threads.

    We want to explore ways for you to communicate with businesses that matter to you, while still giving you an experience without third-party banner ads and spam.

    Still, the sharing of your information from WhatsApp to Facebook has enraged a number of people, including Gears, so if you want to opt-out, here’s the method for doing it.

    Actually, there’s two ways. Method one applies if you’re yet to accept the new terms and conditions. Instead of just doing the old “Yeah, yeah, accept, whatever… just open the app”, scroll all the way down to the bottom and click on the part that says..

    Read more about the key updates to our terms and privacy policy.

    In here you’ll need to then remove the tick from the checkbox…

    Dont want your WhatsApp sharing with Facebook? Heres what you need to do..

    What? you’ve already blindly clicked “Yeah, yeah, accept, whatever… just open the app” ?! Don’t worry, you’ll have 30 days to opt out. In WhatsApp, head to “Settings -> Account -> Share my account info”. At the bottom of this screen is another checkbox, so remove the tick from there and you’re done..

    Dont want your WhatsApp sharing with Facebook? Heres what you need to do..

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  • iOS 9.3.5 update patches three major security vulnerabilities

    The just-released iOS 9.3.5 update patches three major security vulnerabilities, reports The New York Times. Apple was alerted to the flaws just 10 days ago by security researchers Bill Marczak and John Scott Railton, and is urging users to update. Investigators discovered that Israeli-based digital arms dealer NSO Group was using the exploits in software it sells that can track […]

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    WhatsApp will now share your data with Facebook.

    WhatsApp will now share your data with Facebook.

    It’s a move that we could almost feel coming after the application became free. Facebook will now be able to see phone numbers from WhatsApp to allow “better friend suggestions”. Not only that, but they want to let third parties send you “marketing texts” through WhatsApp instead of the usual SMS method. Wow. That’s nice. I do tire of having to receive all those PPI messages through boring old text messages. It’s a good job that they’ll be coming in over my data connection via WhatsApp instead. Thanks guys. Nothing to do with this being cheaper for the companies involved or as a way to fill your already-bulging bank balance? No? Sure?

    The Facebook / WhatsApp logic is that, by doing this, they will stop any need for displaying adverts in the application. So, instead of spam popping up on your screen, you get spam popping up on your screen and they get a guaranteed revenue stream. Result.

    Of course, the company sees it differently and promises that your encrypted messages will never be shared. Just your phone numbers, for now.

    I might sound pessimistic here, but let’s not forget how easily Facebook can connect your WhatsApp info with your Facebook info. The combined detail has a huge amount of pulling power – for advertisers, for retailers, for loan companies and many more in-between.

    WhatsApp is keen to point out that they won’t sell your data, but it looks very much like they’re going to offer a contact service for organisations. They point out circumstances where your bank may want to contact you about a fraudulent transaction, or flight information could be sent to you before your holiday.

    Have a look at the blog post yourself and see what you think.

    Of course, you probably sign a lot of privacy away when you download most apps – especially on Android – but at least you can opt out of this particular data sharing within WhatsApp by deselecting the box under the new Ts&Cs that’ll appear.

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