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How to protect your iPhone from the impressively dangerous 'Trident' spyware hack

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The most advanced iPhone hack yet

A new iPhone security vulnerability has been discovered -- a pretty devastating one -- that leaves open remote access for hackers to view and record a phone's text messages, calls, location, passwords, and even peer in through the device's camera.

How was it found?

As reported by CNN and others, a batch of three iOS security holes, called the Trident Exploit Chain, were identified by the University of Toronto and mobile security company Lookout after a savvy democracy activist from the United Arab Emirates forwarded over a suspicious link from a text message he had received.

If tapped, the link in the text would have essentially "jailbroken" the dissident's phone and turned it into a "digital spy in his pocket," the University of Toronto's Citizen's Lab writes.

We advise all of our customers to always download the latest version of iOS to protect themselves against potential security exploits.
Apple's statement about Trident, given to CNN

You're at risk!

Of course, even you -- decidedly not a targeted political activist -- are technically put at risk by this group of iPhone exploits. That is, unless you install the new iOS software update Apple quickly released yesterday to patch them up.

Are you going to update your phone?

How to protect yourself

The new, safe version of iOS is called 9.3.5. To get it, just hop onto your iPhone, go to the Settings app, tap General and then Software Update.

You can also update your iPad this way, because it's at risk, too, if it's not on iOS 9.3.5.

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Android had it first

Like most iPhone features, this type of security vulnerability attack came first to Android phones. (Joke!)

Called "Stagefright," it also left phones open to remote hijacking and spying via a simple text message. But in the Android version, there was no link to tap -- once the text message was sent and received, the hijacker was in.

Like Apple did with "Trident," Google moved quick to release an update to fix the "Stagefright" security hole. Keep your phones safe and updated, everyone!

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