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iPad iOS 7.0.6 major security update

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This update is for iPads and iPhones that are using iOS7. This is a major update, as it deals with a security issue. This new patch fixes and corrects the SSL connection verification. What exactly does this mean?

This article is very close in content to the article I published regarding the update for iPhone users, but it does bear repeating. In addition, the directions for downloading and installing iOS 7.0.6, for the iPad, are slightly different.

For those who engage in secure sessions using their devices, such as purchasing on line, banking, etc., it was possible for a hacker to capture or modify data while you were using your iPad. Attackers/Hackers were defined as users with a privileged network position. When all of these factors were in place, SSL/TLS would not have protected you while you were engaged in “secure sessions.”

Before this patch, iPad users were vulnerable to data theft, which included credit card numbers, user names, and passcodes. This was done by hackers who posed as trusted websites, and were then able to inject malware or intercept your communications.

This new update should now validate the authenticity of your connection, by providing the restoration of steps that were missing in the validation process.

If you see a red number one, in the Settings icon on your iPad desktop, it’s time to update. To install iOS 7.0.6: tap Settings > tap Software Update > to read more about this update tap the link provided on this page > then tap Download and Install > read the terms and conditions, and tap Agree if you wish to continue > a window on the Settings page will appear beneath the top box, telling you that the software is downloading; the progress bar will be at the top of the page, next to the spinning Settings icon > allow your information to be validated > your screen will turn black > after the white apple appears and disappears, the apple will return with a progress bar underneath > your screen will turn black, and the apple will reappear with a second progress bar underneath > press the start button at the bottom of the device if your iPad has shut down > you are done . . . for now. Stay tuned for additional updates.

It is recommended that those who are using iOS7 for their iPads update immediately to correct this security issue. For more information regarding this major security breach please check Apple’s site: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

iPads and iPhones can be purchased locally at the Apple Store – Westfarms Mall, Farmington, CT and your local Best Buy (West Hartford and Enfield are two local options.)

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