Have you updated your iPhone to the latest iOS 9.3.5 yet? If not, you need to do so right this second. I know I am.
Last week we warned you about a Zero-day attack that could allow an attacker to take over and fully control an iPhone remotely by simply clicking a link. This week, Apple announced that 86 percent of iPhones have not been updated yet, leaving them vulnerable to attacks. That's not good.
The attack, named "Trident" by security firm Lookout and internet watchdog Citizen Lab, can reportedly turn any iPhone into an espionage tool by installing sophisticated spyware. According to the security researchers, once an iPhone is infected, attackers could turn the device into a "digital spy." The attackers could then use the iPhone's camera and microphone to "snoop on activity in the vicinity of the device," record calls, log messages and texts, and track movement.
Because of these problems, Apple released an emergency fix that apparently nobody paid attention to. Don't be part of the 86 percent. Update your phone now by following the instructions below.
Update your iPhone now
With these critical security exploits, it is important that you apply the iOS 9.3.5 update on your iPhone (or iPad) now.
To do this, go to Settings >> General >> Software Update. Your device will then automatically check for the latest version of iOS.
If you are not updated yet, information about iOS 9.3.5 will be displayed. Tap on "Download and Install" to begin the update process.
You may be required to enter your iPhone passcode during the installation but beyond that, everything should be automatic.
You will know that you have successfully updated to iOS 9.3.5 by checking Settings >> General >> Software Update again. It should display that "Your software is up to date."