Larry Magid: Why it is essential to keep your operating systems up to date

I’ve said this before, but a recently discovered flaw in Apple’s operating system for iPhones and iPads, is an urgent reminder of why it’s essential to keep your devices’ operating systems up to date. On Monday, Apple released iOS and iPadOS 14.7.1, which fixes a flaw that

Larry Magid (Gary Reyes / Mercury News)

could allow an application “to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges.”  “Kernel privileges” means that the hacker has the keys to your entire device, including the basic hardware. It’s like unlocking your iPhone and handing it to hackers to do whatever they want with it and the information on it.

And, to make matters worse,

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