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Why should you update your iPhone to iOS 14.4 now?


Apple on Tuesday launched an update (iOS 14.4) and (iPadOS 14.4) – for iPhone users and iPad devices – which includes some new features and corrected some security errors that may have been exploited by some hackers already, so Apple urged users of its devices to update the operating systems as soon as possible to fix these errors.

First, what are these security errors and how are they exploited?

"There are three security errors affecting iPhone phones and iPad devices that may have been actively exploited and corrected in the update," Apple said on its support page for iOS 14.4 and iPad OS 14.4. However, the details of these security errors have not been disclosed, indicating that they do not disclose, discuss or confirm security issues until investigations and corrections are conducted or updates are made, in order to protect their customers.

Apple declined to comment on any attacks, saying only: "There are two security problems related to the WebKit engine, the engine used in Safari." There are also other areas where WebKit is used, such as HTML-format emails, and link previews sent in messages.

"A remote attacker may be able to cause random code to be executed, and is aware of a report that this problem has been actively exploited," the company said in its description notes of this security issue.

At the same time, kernel, a framework used by Apple developers, is also affected, where a malicious application may be able to bypass Kernel's powers to perform random code.

All of the above means that the three security errors can be exploited together to allow a malicious website or URL to execute code on your iPhone or iPad, and there is a loophole that allows the intruder to bypass powers, and possibly access personal data or publish malicious code in other applications. 

So Apple pushed security patches on Tuesday as part of the release (iOS 14.4) and iPadOS 14.4 and urged iPhone and iPad users to update their devices as soon as possible, and also includes keyboard lag fixes and allows the camera to read small QR codes.
Second, how to update to iOS 14.4:

An update (iOS 14.4) is available for iPhone 6s or any later version, and the seventh generation of iPod touch. An update (iPadOS 14.4) is also available for iPad Air 2 and any latest version, iPad mini 4 and later.

Before you start installing the update on your device, make sure you save a new backup of your data to avoid anything unexpected.

To install an update (iOS 14.4) on your device, you can follow the following steps:

  • Go to Settings on your iPhone or iPad.
  • Click on the General (General) option.
  • Click on the Software Update option, if there is a new update you'll probably see a notification that it's ready, press the download and install option, which can only take several minutes.
  • Once you've installed the update, your iPhone or iPad will run iOS 14.4 and iPadOS 14.4, and your devices will be protected from specific vulnerabilities.

Note: Don't worry if you don't see the iOS 14.4 update right away, as Apple releases these updates in stages, and not everyone gets them at the same time, but your device will definitely get the update in the next few days.

Third, what can you do if your device does not support iOS 14?

If your device is out of date and doesn't support iOS or iPadOS version 14.4, install another browser as an alternative to Safari, and set it as a default browser. For example: If your device is running iOS 11, you can use Firefox or DuckDuckGo, and if it runs an iOS 12 operating system, you can also choose chrome browser in addition to the previous two browsers.