A glitch in Apple’s mobile operating software 16.2 could allow a creep to track your location.
It is a blogger who identified his location on his iPhone being tracked by a leading food company in Brazil. He downloaded the company’s app yet never gave it permission to track his location.
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That did not stop Apple from sharing it with the app in contradiction to the privacy settings.
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An ad for the iOS 16 software update. (Apple)
Apple iOS 16.2 release could be trouble
The location tracking glitch may have been addressed in the latest iOS 16.3 software update. The blogger who claims his iPhone was actively being exploited no longer found his private details being shared with the food company app once he updated from iOS 16.2 to version 16.3 and then power cycled his iPhone.
Apple’s release notes of iOS 16.3 appear to discuss this privacy issue saying the following in part under a Maps section of the release:
“Impact: An app may be able to bypass Privacy preferences
Description: A logic issue was addressed with improved state management.
CVE-2023-23503: an anonymous researcher”
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The front and back of an Apple iPhone. (Apple)
The 16.3 software update is available for the following devices
- iPhone 8 and later
- iPad Pro (all models)
- iPad Air 3rd generation and later
- iPad 5th generation and later
- iPad mini 5th generation and later.
Take a moment now to check the software version of your Apple iPhone and iPad. Even though you may have selected the option to receive automatic updates, it is worth forcing a more rapid manual update to iOS 16.3 and newer.
What you need to do to update your iPhone or iPad software
For iPhone and iPad:
- Tap Settings app
- Tap General
- Select Software Update.
If you see a version of software 16.2 or earlier, it is recommended to update to the newer version 16.3 or later to address the concern.
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iOS 16.3.1 coming soon
Apple is reportedly working on another update iOS 16.3.1, to be released shortly in February. The release is likely to address the tracking bug issue more thoroughly and address other concerns related to glitches in iCloud backups from complaints getting traction in online support forums. Some unnamed sources are saying that an issue may revolve around how iCloud authenticates your device to the cloud.
Lock up your tech
As a matter of standard protection, you should deploy Two-Factor Authentication when possible and use strong antivirus protection on all your devices to help prevent hackers from easily gaining access to any of your technology.
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Top view of two iPhones, one showing the speaker and the other displaying the camera. (Apple)
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