Information About Apple's Security Flaw

February 25, 2014

MUNCIE, Ind. - You may have read information regarding the very serious security flaw in iPhones, iPods, and iPads.  The flaw allows hackers to intercept any encrypted data from a user when on a Wi-Fi network and other connections.  This includes e-mails, log in credential, and credit card information.  This possibly affects Mac computers as well.  Apple has released a patch for this flaw for iPhones, iPods, and iPads (Mac’s will be updated soon), but you should take some steps to ensure you are protected.

On the positive side, many iPhones and iPads are set to auto update. 

  1. If you do not know if you have updated already, from your Apple device, go to “gotofail.com” without the quotation marks.  Note there are no spaces.  If you are good with the patch, it will give you a big green message.  If it is not green, you will be urged to upgrade to the latest iOS.  If you are doing this from a Mac, you may be told to patch your browser depending on the color of your box as Apple has not released a patch for the Mac yet.
  2. If you need to update your iOS, follow your normal update procedures for your device *.  If using a Mac PC:
    If using Mac OS X8.1 (Mountain Lion) or earlier you are fine.
    If using Mac OS X10.9 (Mavericks), do not use Safari for any secure transactions or to visit any secure websites until Apple releases a patch for you.  Use Firefox or Chrome for you browsing.
  3. Until patched, also avoid using the following on your device
    iMessage
    email client (Mail.app)
    iBooks
    Facetime

Important Tip:

  1. If you did log into any secure site with your Apple product before it was safe to do so, make sure you change credentials on the accounts.

* If you use an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, update its operating software. Go to Settings -> General -> Software Update. For devices using iOS 7, update to iOS 7.0.6; for devices on iOS 6 which can’t be updated to iOS 7 (the iPhone 3GS or iPod Touch 4G), update to 6.1.6.  Note that Apple isn’t offering an update to iOS 6 for devices which can be updated to iOS 7 (iPhone 4, iPad 2, etc). For those, your only options are to update, or live dangerously.