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That dangerous iPhone spy hack – it can also get your Mac



Security stereotypes

Apple devices are safer, they said. Can't be hacked, they said.

After last week's discovery that an iOS vulnerability was giving hackers an opening to take over control of your iPhone and turn into a tool to spy on you, we're now learning that that same security hole is present on Mac computers, too.

So much for all that talk about Macs and iPhones being the unhackable alternatives to PCs and Androids.

Fixed before you knew it

The good news: As we're learning this, Apple has already released an update for OS X , as spotted by The Telegraph, that will patch the security problem.

Of course, if it weren't for the update's info page tipping that it addresses the problem of "an application may be able to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges," we might not have known that last week's panic over iPhone security really should have been panic over iPhone and Mac security.

And so, why this fix came a week after Apple released a patch for the iOS version of the problem, we're not sure.

Update now!

So, yeah. Head over to the App Store on your Mac and (depending on your OS X version) download the 2016-001 security update for El Capitan or the 2016-005 security update for Yosemite now.

Afterward, you can once again brag to your friends that your Mac is indeed super secure! (For now.)

Did you actually believe that Macs were unhackable?

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