Posted on September 16, 2021
Immediately update your phone to protect yourself from this dangerous spyware
Researchers recently discovered a vulnerability that could allow dangerously invasive spyware to be installed on Apple devices, so we are urging all owners of iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Mac products to immediately update your devices to protect yourself from this spyware that can allow someone to control your phone without your knowledge.
While it’s unlikely your phone has been infected with this malicious spyware, known as Pegasus, it’s important you update your devices immediately. The software has been found on the devices of journalists, activists and executives, so we are asking everyone — whether or not you’re a CREDO customer — to update your devices right now to prevent this spyware from being installed on your device.
To learn more and for a quick tip on how to update your Apple devices, please click here.
Pegasus was developed by Israeli cyber-surveillance company NSO Group and allows hackers to access and control your devices without your knowledge. The New York Times referred to it as the “Holy Grail of surveillance because it allows governments, mercenaries and criminals to secretly break into someone’s device without tipping the victim off.”
Apple quickly released updates for its products to address the vulnerability, including iOS 14.8 and iPadOS 14.8 as well as updates for macOS Big Sur, macOS Catalina and watchOS. Here’s how to update your devices to protect yourself from this threat:
How to update your iPhone, iPad or iPod to iOS 14.8
- Plug your device into power and connect to the internet with Wi-Fi.
- Go to Settings > General, then tap Software Update.
If your device says it’s already updated to version 14.8, then you should be all set. Additionally, it’s always a good idea to turn on automatic updates.
How to update macOS
- From the Apple menu in the corner of your screen, choose System Preferences > Software Update.
- Click Update Now or Upgrade Now.
How to update your Apple Watch
- Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
- Tap My Watch > General > Software Update > Tap Download and Install.