Upcoming security update will address iOS 10's backup flaw says AppleBy Robin-Leigh Chetty 28 September 2016 | Categories: news
Earlier in the week, Apple device owners that updated to iOS 10 had reason for concern, as security software company Elcomsoft identified a vulnerability with a localised backup procedure in the latest version of the mobile operating system.
Since Elcomsoft raised the red flag, Apple has confirmed that there is indeed a vulnerability in their iOS 10 software. Now the Cupertino-based company has detailed an impending security update to address the issue, providing a statement to Fortune, which probed Apple on the problem.
"We're aware of an issue that affects the encryption strength for backups of devices on iOS 10 when backing up to iTunes on the Mac or PC. We are addressing this issue in an upcoming security update. This does not affect iCloud backups. We recommend users ensure their Mac or PC are protected with strong passwords and can only be accessed by authorized users. Additional security is also available with FileVault whole disk encryption," shared an Apple spokesperson.
Although Apple is aware of the issue, and actively trying to solve it, those that have not made the jump to iOS 10 may want to hold off on doing so, particularly if you backup from a PC or Mac and not iCloud.
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