If you own an iPhone running iOS 14 or an iPad running iPadOS 14, stop what you are doing and go to Settings → General → Software Update, and update your device to iOS (or iPadOS) 14.4. This is not a feature update; it is a security update that patches three actively exploited zero-day vulnerabilities. You need to do it if you have an iPhone 6 (or later), iPad Air 2 (or later), iPad mini 4 (or later), or iPod touch (7th generation).

As usual, details of the exact nature of the vulnerabilities are sparse, but we know that at least four nation-state-backed advanced persistent threats (APTs) have exploited zero-day iPhone vulnerabilities in the past. Do yourself (and everyone else) a favor and take a minute to update your iPhone and iPad software today.

Author’s note: This is not a sponsored post. I am the author of this article and it expresses my own opinions. I am not, nor is my company, receiving compensation for it.

About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, co-founder of Metacademy, and the CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and CNBC and writes a popular daily business blog. He’s the Co-Host of the award-winning podcast Techstream with Shelly Palmer & Seth Everett and his latest book, Blockchain - Cryptocurrency, NFTs & Smart Contracts: An executive guide to the world of decentralized finance, is an Amazon #1 Bestseller. Follow @shellypalmer or visit shellypalmer.com.

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