Most people say that once they become an Apple user they would never go back to another platform. One reason users are so loyal is Apple's reputation for having solid security.
However, the tech giant's reputation has taken a hit lately. For example, a flaw was discovered last week that would allow someone to crash your Apple gadget just by sending you a message.
The good news is, Apple has already come out with a fix for that issue. Keep reading to find out what you need to do and don't forget to share this article with family and friends so they can protect their gadget also. Simply click the share button on the left-hand side of the page to post the article on Facebook.
What is the Telugu bug?
A bug was recently discovered by an Italian blogger in iOS 11 that can be exploited by anyone who wants to crash your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, and Mac computers. All the prankster needs to do is create a text message with a specific character.
That's where the jokester really needs to put in some effort. The character that causes the problem is from the Indian language (Telugu). It looks like this:
Image: Character from Indian language Telugu causing iOS problems. (Source: Mobileworld)
If you were to receive this character as a text message, it could freeze apps on your gadget including iMessages. It could also crash the entire operating system altogether.
Other apps that could potentially freeze from receiving this character are WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook Messenger, Outlook for iOS, and Gmail. If the character is displayed within any of these apps, the app will crash and continue to crash each time that you try to open it.
Now for the good news. Apple has already pushed out an emergency update that will fix this flaw. It's available for all Apple operating systems and devices.
Steps for the fix
Here's how you update your Apple gadgets:
Go to your "Settings" app and select "General." From there, select "Software Update" and your device will begin to check for updates. Then select "Download and Install" to get the latest version.
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 click on "Check for Update." Finally, select "Download and Update" and wait for the update to sync to your device.
To get macOS updates, click the Apple icon on the taskbar (top-left corner of your screen), then click "About This Mac" then click "Software Update" on the window that appears. Alternatively, you can use the Updates pane of the Mac App Store to check for the latest Mac software updates.
For the fourth-gen Apple TV, go to Settings >> System>> Software Updates >> Update Software.
For watchOS, you will need to connect your Apple Watch to your iPhone. Once connected, open the Watch app on your iPhone, select General and Software Update to access the update. Make sure your Apple Watch is in range of your Wi-Fi connected iPhone and it is charged to at least 50 percent.
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