Why You Should Update Your iPhone Today (As in Now)

The iOS 14.4.2 release should fix an active security vulnerability

Five different iPhone screens running iOS 14
Apple's new update should fix a security flaw in iOS 14.

As someone’s who’s reluctant to do iPhone updates until absolutely necessary, let’s be clear: the iOS 14.4.2 software release on Friday is something you need to carve out time to install today. Like, now.

As MacRumors notes, this is an important security fix. Apple has also released iOS and iPadOS 12.5.2 security updates for older devices and watchOS 7.3.3 for their smartwatches. Here’s Apple‘s reasoning for the update: “Processing maliciously crafted web content may lead to universal cross site scripting. Apple is aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited.” The last two words are the important part here.

The non-tech explanation, via Gizmodo: “If you’re planning to visit any sketchy websites, well, you might be opening yourself up to some problems unless you install the update.”

It’s always a good idea to check the reasonings why Apple is making an update, but security issues should remain a priority. That said, a lot of users are eagerly awaiting iOS 14.5, which will allow you to unlock your iPhone using your Apple Watch when you’re wearing a face mask and add App Tracking Transparency, which enables new permission messages that apps have to show before they share user identifying information.

To perform an update on your phone, go to Settings > General > Software Update. If you need help with the update, go here.

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