Here’s the bottom line: if you’re not familiar with Broadpwn, which is a serious security flaw, don’t take the time to Google it first. Go to Settings and update your phone now. Do the same for your iPad and iPod Touch, and your Android device if you own these as well. Then go back and investigate this vulnerability – after the fact. Or, better yet, contact your company’s IT administrator and ask why they haven’t yet disseminated a company-wide alert strongly recommending that every employee update these Apple products right away – for their own protection and that of the company’s information, assets and productivity.

Broadpwn Exploits the Wi-Fi Chip on These Devices – Remotely

In short, ‘Broadpwn’ permits attackers to compromise the Wi-Fi chip of your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch remotely and execute code on it to gain access to your device, information and network. Google and Apple have published critical updates. Google’s July Android update included a patch for the same issue. Broadpwn also infects Mac hardware, Apple TV, and Apple Watch. Apple fixed the issue for Macs in the macOS Sierra 10.12.6 update, and updates for TVos, and watchOS.

Here’s How to Patch Your Apple or Android Device

The update can take anywhere from 10 to 15 minutes depending on your connection and age of your device. Here are some simple instructions on how to update your software.

Apple (iOS 10.3.3):

  1. Open Settings
  2. Scroll down and Select General
  3. Scroll down and Select Software Update
  4. Select Install Update

Android:

  1. Open Settings
  2. Select General
  3. Scroll down and Select About Device
  4. Select Update
  5. Select Check for Updates
  6. Select Update
  7. Select Install

Be Sure You Have Enough Power in Your Device

Sufficient power is necessary for the process, or the device will not initiate the update. We had a few users at Hillard Heintze who initiated the update and walked away, thinking the rest of the process was automated. It is. Sort of. But if your Apple phone, for example, doesn’t have at least a 50% charge, the process stops, throws up an alert, and waits for you to power up your battery. As a best practice when completing updates, simply have your device connected to a power source.

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