How Secure are Messaging Apps?

Hackers can gain access into your iPhone using a simple text message. Sounds like a plot for a sci-fi movie but it is not.

Researchers discovered 6 alarming bugs in Apple’s iMessage that could be exploited to gain control over users’ iPhones and cause potential harm.

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 “These can be turned into the sort of bugs that will execute code and be able to eventually be used for weaponized things like accessing your data, so the worst-case scenario is that these bugs are used to harm users.

4 out of the 6 malicious bugs allow a hacker to break into your phone by sending you a coded iMessage. Apple has fixed 5 of the bugs, but one remains, and it is one of the 4 that can cause serious threat to your data and privacy.

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Once you open the message, the hacker gets access to your phone and data. They can access everything on your phone, your photos, messages, bank details, credit card information, transactions, etc. They also can crash or wipe out all the data on your phone.

There are details about the 5 bugs that have been fixed already by Apple. The 6th one has been kept under wraps to prevent hackers from using it.

To protect yourself from the 5 that have been fixed, always update your phones to the latest version of iOS. Apple has always maintained that to protect you from threats and maintain the security of Apple products. Hence, make sure you always keep your software up-do-date.

The big question after so much jazz with Privacy and Security is, ‘Is data security a myth?’

Security has been a key part of Apple’s marketing campaign, especially after Facebook and Google’s data breach and privacy lapses in the recent past, with Tim Cook declaring that privacy is a ‘fundamental human right’.

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Apple has delivered on its promise for most parts but have found themselves in similar sticky situations with their FaceTime eavesdropping controversy where an Arizona teen discovered a bug that allowed a caller to hear conversation on the other end even before the phone was answered.

Privacy and Security is important and breach in customer related data is not acceptable. We at GR Phones highly regard privacy and security of our customers to the topmost level. You can be rest assured that when we fix your phones all your data is safe in the phone and that any passwords shared are used by our highly skilled technicians for testing purposes only.

We also recommend updating/changing passcodes often not only after repairs but in short term basis on a personal level too. Same or repeated passwords make your devices / data vulnerable.

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