Public WiFi hotspots are used by millions on a daily basis in coffee shops, hotels, airports and more. They are convenient and many are free, but there is also risk involved. Using a public network puts your information out there where sophisticated cyber criminals can eavesdrop and grab your passwords, account numbers and any other information that you'd rather keep private. There are even man-in-the-middle attacks where the thief sets up a WiFi hotspot with the same name as the public one and waits for unwitting people to accidentally join it instead of the legitimate one.
Apple has patched an important security vulnerability with the release of iOS 9.3.5. The iOS update comes just weeks after iOS 9.3.4 closed off the Pangu jailbreak earlier this month. Details regarding the latest security fix have surfaced and Apple has released an official security document on the matter. So should iOS users rush to update?
Apple has implemented a variety of security features over the years to protect user data, such as credit card information and so on. Some of those features include the Apple ID security questions and backup email. Adding a backup email, or "rescue email" as Apple calls it, allows you to reset your security questions, and recieve account security-related notifications.
Apple ID security questions help ensure that you're the only person who can access your own account, but they can be a major problem if you forgot the answers to any of the questions. Luckily you can reset your security questions if you have a "rescue email" setup. If you don't have a rescue email you will need to contact Apple Support for help.
When it comes to iPhone security, you can never be too careful. Considering the amount of personal information – not to mention money – the average iPhone user puts into their device, any additional measures you can take to help make sure that it’s all safe is time well spent.