Thursday, 18 July, 2019


Apple releases update to prevent FaceTime eavesdropping

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Melba Vasquez | 08 February, 2019, 15:22

As expected, Apple has rushed out a fix for a bug that allowed folks to eavesdrop on others through Group FaceTime. So if you want Group FaceTime available for you on your supported devices, then you will want to make sure that you update to iOS 12.1.4 as quickly as possible.

Apple has started to roll out its latest iOS 12.1.4 update which solves the Group FaceTime privacy issue.

With that bug, a person could spy on you using FaceTime, even if you didn't answer the call. Cupertino blames the problem on "a logic issue.in the handling of Group FaceTime calls". While they were fixing the bug, they disabled Group FaceTime, so that the bug could not be abused.

Apple has finally pushed out a software update that offers a permanent fix for that embarrassing FaceTime bug that was disclosed nearly two weeks ago and which resulted in an unwelcome barrage of negative publicity for a tech giant that's made privacy a centerpiece of its corporate brand.

In a statement obtained by Business Insider, Apple confirmed the update and said it also conducted a "thorough security audit of the FaceTime service and made additional updates to both the FaceTime app and server to improve security".

Apple told outlets that a fix would come later that week, but it instead arrived this week, delivering to the iPhone 5s and later, iPad Air and later and the 6th generation iPod touch.

With this fix finally released, you should immediately update your iOS.

Your device will now download and install the update and restart your device. Here's what's fixed and how to apply the updates. In the days following, it was discovered that the mother of U.S. teen Grant Thompson alerted the company a week before it took action; Apple is reportedly rewarding the family per its bug hunting policy.

From this menu tap Software Update and check if any updates are ready for your device.

iPhone and iPad owners, there's a new software update coming your way.

Following the release of these patches, the system status page on Apple's website has also been updated to reflect the situation.

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