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Apple issues new updates to include patch for FREAK bug

The bug, which was discovered last week, has now been patched on iOS, Mac and Apple TV.

The new update for iOS also includes an Apple Watch app, tying in with yesterday's event.
The new update for iOS also includes an Apple Watch app, tying in with yesterday's event.
Image: Martyn Landi/PA Wire

Updated: 16:17

IF YOU HAVE an iPhone, iPad Mac, or Apple TV available, there’s a significant update that removes a serious security flaw.

The latest update iOS 8.2 issues a security update that protects devices from the FREAK bug.

Effectively, it allowed a back door to encryption which could be exploited, allowing hackers to break into a user’s account and potentially steal sensitive info. The bug was around since the late 90s but was only discovered recently.

A similar patch has been included for OS X as well, Mountain Lion, Mavericks and Yosemite while those using Apple TV will need to update to version 7.1.

The update iOS 8.2 also includes updates to HealthKit, an Apple Watch app and a number of bug fixes.

iOS 8.2 Update Some of the changes made with the new update to iOS 8.

Android update

Alongside that update, Google announced another major update to the latest version of Android last night.

Lollipop 5.1 promises to offer stability and performance improvements and allows you to use more than one SIM with any devices that offer multiple SIM slots. Also, HD voice calling is also included with compatible devices.

The most important and useful update is Device Protection, which will ensure a lost or stolen device will remain locked until you sign in with your Google account, even when someone resets the device to factory settings. The feature will be available on most Android devices shipped with Android 5.1.

Lollipop update Source: Google

The problem with this update is the same with every Android update. It will only come to those devices running stock Android like the Nexus series while the newer Android devices released are only introducing the first version of Lollipop now.

Originally published: 12:06pm

(Note: An earlier version of this article didn’t take into account the patch for FREAK. The article has been amended to reflect this)

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