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IT Alert - New security flaw affects multiple Apple devices

Posted 2/25/2014

Last Friday, Apple announced a serious security flaw that affects all iPhones, iPads, and iPod devices running iOS 6 or 7, and desktops or laptops running OS X Mavericks (10.9 or 10.9.1). The flaw allows an attacker to intercept data transmissions, and steal your information. Examples of applications that are impacted: Safari, Mail, Messages, Twitter, Calendar, and FaceTime. The TTU IT Division recommends updating your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch (Settings > General > Software Update) and OS X Mavericks (Apple menu > Software Update) now.

Until these updates are applied, do not use public Wi-Fi networks (Hotels, coffee shops, restaurants, etc.; note that TTUnet Wi-Fi is not impacted by this security flaw). In addition, Apple recommends that customers using Apple desktops and laptops use either Firefox or Chrome browsers instead of Safari until your system is updated.

In order to protect your system, the TTU IT Division recommends the following Safe Computing Practices:

As a reminder, TTU IT Security Policies indicate:

For questions or further assistance, please contact IT Help Central.