Hackers are increasingly targeting Apple products. Here’s how to protect your device :: WRAL.com

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— Apple has marketed its computers and phones as invincible to malware.

But hackers are finding ways to bypass Apple’s built-in protection and break into Mac computers and iPhones.

Earlier this year, Apple discovered significant vulnerabilities in its security system. A recent update from Apple hopes to improve the protection of its iOS software against malware.

According to Consumer Reports, any device you have connected to the Internet is at risk of being compromised.

“Don’t ignore OS and application updates. This is where known security vulnerabilities are patched, but it’s up to you to install them,” said Bree Fowler, Technical Writer of ConsumerReports.

Here are some steps you can follow to secure your Apple device.

Make sure you have the latest software update installed on your device

To make sure your iPhone or iPad is up to date, go to: Settings -> General -> then Software Update.

On a Mac computer, go to: Launchpad -> System Preferences -> then Software Update.

If your device isn’t getting iOS updates because it’s too old, it’s time to replace it.

Set a strong password, password

Apple says you need to set a passcode on your iPhone. It’s the best way to protect your device, says Apple.

Setting a passcode also turns on Data Protection, which encrypts your iPhone data.

And whatever brand of device you use, it’s essential to protect it and all of your online accounts with a strong password.

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Experts recommend using a long string of random words, numbers, and special characters.

Consider using a password manager so you don’t have to remember a long list of passwords.

Enable Find My iPhone

Apple says Find My iPhone helps you find your device if it’s lost or stolen.

This feature also prevents anyone from activating or using your iPhone if it is missing.

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Beware of phishing attempts

Phishing attempts are one of the most common ways for hackers to obtain merchandise! According to Consumer Reports, scammers send emails that appear to be from reputable sources and ask you to click on links in order to “fix a problem”.

Once you follow the broken link, hackers can steal your data, block you and use your account.

Attackers often look for ways to steal money from you, impersonating financial services like Turbo Tax or your bank.

“Most of the time, cybercriminals can only access your device if you give them a way, such as clicking on a malicious link, or an attachment in an email, or even a social media post” , Fowler said.

Experts advise not to click on links in emails unless you know where they came from.

Phishers attempt to attack users by coercing them into providing the scammer with valuable information. Slow down, pause and double check the information you receive before taking action.

Invest in antivirus software

Consumer reports recommend AVG antivirus software for Mac computers.

It’s free, and testers say it’s easy to use and particularly effective at protecting against online threats.

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On your iPhone, antivirus software can, for example, block malicious websites, calls and text messages. Due to Apple’s security restrictions, this software cannot scan iPhones for viruses.

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