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Apple releases iOS 10.2.1

iOS 10 lock screen vulnerability now fixed with update 10.2.1
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While this new update does not come with any new features, iOS 10.2.1 is not a minor refresh, either. Apple's latest update of its mobile operating system protects against a few severe vulnerabilities, and it is highly recommended to install it as soon as possible.

Apple iOS 10.2 has been around for a while, and yesterday it received what appears to be a minor update. While there are no noticeable new features that come with iOS 10.2.1, this fresh software update comes to handle a few severe security flaws that have been recently discovered.

According to Wired, iOS 10.2.1 "protects against a wide range of potentially devastating attacks" and that should be enough for most users. Apple also has an official page that details these vulnerabilities, but the descriptions on that page do not say much to the average user. All in all, there are 11 WebKit-related vulnerabilities, including two that would allow a malicious app to take complete control of a device. Fortunately, it looks like this flaw has not been exploited yet.

Considering the severity of the problems iOS 10.2.1 can help avoid, all iOS users are strongly advised to perform the update as soon as possible. Those who do this for the first time should simply go to Settings > General > Software Update, tap Download, followed by Install and, finally, a wait until the update is finished. 

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Codrut Nistor, 2017-01-24 (Update: 2017-01-24)