Millions of iPhone and Android phone owners need to check settings immediately

MILLIONS of phone owners need to check their settings – or face serious online dangers.

In late 2022, both iPhone and Android received major security updates.


iPhone owners should ensure they are using the latest software updatePhoto credit: Apple/The Sun

These close serious security gaps that could give hackers an easy way into your device.

And ignoring the updates could cost you dearly – as these vulnerabilities are not fixed.

Update your iPhone

The latest iOS 16.2 update is now widely available and you should get it as soon as possible.

The iOS update fixes 35 security vulnerabilities discovered by Apple.

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And it also includes the iOS 16.1.2 fixes that repair a dangerous vulnerability that may have been exploited by hackers.

“Processing maliciously crafted web content may lead to arbitrary code execution,” Apple said.

“Apple is aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited against versions of iOS released prior to iOS 15.1.”

You can easily update your iPhone by going to Settings > General > Software Update.

Consider turning on automatic updates so you have the best protection as soon as they are available.

Unfortunately, not all iPhone models can get the latest iOS 16 update.

Here is a list of all supported devices:

  • iPhone 14
  • iPhone 14Plus
  • iPhone 14 pro
  • iPhone 14 pro max
  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 13 mini
  • iPhone 13 pro
  • iPhone 13 Pro max
  • iphone 12
  • iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone 12 pro
  • iPhone 12 pro max
  • iphone 11
  • iPhone 11 pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro max
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8plus
  • iPhone SE (2nd generation or newer)

If your iPhone is too old to update, you should consider upgrading as soon as possible.

Update your Android device

Google also rolled out dozens of fixes in the final weeks of 2022.

And just like Apple, Google fixed a bug that allowed hackers to take control of your devices.

This is why it is important to update your Android phone as soon as possible.

Normally you should get a notification when a new Android version is available.

Tap on it and it will guide you through the update process.

However, it is also possible to update your Android phone manually.

Go to Settings > System > System update.

This will indicate if you need an update and guide you through the process.

Remember that updating cell phones is not only important for security.

Updates also fix annoying bugs and often introduce brand new features.

So if you want the best possible phone experience, updating is the way to go.

It is a very serious problem when you have an Android phone that can no longer be updated.

That means you won’t get any of the latest protections.

If this is the case, you should update your Android phone as soon as possible.

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Otherwise, you are taking a big risk that could cause you a big headache later.

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