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Update now! New security fixes for iPhone, iPad, Macs are absolutely essential

Update now! New security fixes for iPhone, iPad, Macs are absolutely essential
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A new wave of Apple updates was just released. These aren't the fun software updates that come with new emojis. Instead, they're all security updates that fix bugs.

It's not just one or two Apple products either. There's a security update for Apple TVs, Apple Watches, iPads and iPhones. There are also updates for Apple's Mac software, iTunes and iCloud.

For each device or software, these updates fixed apps that had the ability to run unnecessary codes, access restricted memory or gain privileges that only the main system should have.

iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch update instructions

iOS 10.3.2 rolled out 23 crucial security fixes for iPhones and iPads addressing multiple vulnerabilities. Most notable are two bugs in iBooks that can allow an attacker to send a malicious electronic book to open a website without permission then execute code with root access. Yikes!

The rest are WebKit flaws that allow cross-site scripting attacks so update as soon as you can.

To get the update from your device, go into your "Settings" app and select "General." From there, select "Software Update" and your phone will begin to check for updates. Select "Download and Install" to get iOS 10.3.2 on your phone.

To get the update from iTunes, connect your device to a computer, open iTunes, and select your device from the menu in your iTunes Library. Select "Summary" and then select "Check for Update." Finally, select "Download and Update" and wait for the update to sync to your device.

Apple TV update instructions

For the fourth-generation Apple TV, go into "Settings," select  "System," then select "Software Updates." If there's an update then you can select it so it will manually download and install itself. If you want the TV to update itself automatically then you can turn on the"Automatically Update" function.

For a second or third generation Apple TV, go into "Settings," select "General," then select "Update Software." Again, if there's an available update then select it to download and install it to your TV. You can also turn on the "Update Automatically" function for these generations too.

Apple Watch update instructions

Before you can update your Apple Watch, you must update the iPhone it's connected to first. Also, the watch must be plugged into its charger during the entire update process and the battery must be charged at least 50 percent. You'll need to connect your iPhone to Wi-Fi and place it in close proximity to the watch too.

Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone. Select the "My Watch" tab, then hit "General" and finally "Software Update." Select the update to download it. You may be asked to enter your phone or watch passcode. A progress wheel will appear. When it's finished, the Apple Watch will restart itself.

Mac software update instructions

You'll find available updates in the App Store app on your Mac. Once you've opened the app, select "Updates" from the toolbar. Then click the "Update" button next to the available software updates. If you don't have the App Store on your Mac, then you can select "Software Update" from the Apple menu, which is the Macintosh icon in the top left-hand corner.

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