Protect Apple products from cyber attacks
ST. LOUIS – For a long time, many of us assumed that Apple devices were untouchable when it came to cyber threats and malware because they are too difficult to hack. But not anymore: the recent attacks on Apple products are worrying. Consumer Reports explains what you can do to protect your Apple devices.
Don’t ignore operating system and application updates. This is how known security holes are fixed, but it’s up to you to install them.
To make sure your iPhone or iPad is up to date, go to Settings> General> Software Update.
On a Mac computer, go to Launchpad> System Preferences> Software Update.
And if your device isn’t receiving OS updates because it’s too old, it’s time to replace it.
CR says you should also beware of phishing attempts. This is one of the most common ways for hackers to get the goods.
Most of the time, cybercriminals can only access your device if you give them a way, such as clicking on a malicious link, an attachment in an email, or even a social media post.
And if you thought Apple products didn’t need antivirus software, think again. CR recommends AVG Antivirus for Mac. The testers found the free software easy to use and particularly effective in protecting against online threats.
On your iPhone, antivirus software can do things like block malicious websites, calls, and text messages. But due to Apple’s security restrictions, antivirus software cannot scan iPhones for viruses.
CR says that no matter what brand of device you use, it’s important to protect it and all of your online accounts with a strong password. Use a long string of random words, numbers, and special characters, something no one could guess. Or better yet, consider using a password manager so you don’t have to remember them all.