WhatsApp icon on phone screen

If, like me, you have the auto-update feature turned off on your mobile device, and you use WhatsApp for text messenging, you may have a version vulnerable to malware.

A bug affecting WhatsApp has been identified for older versions. You can read about the bug here: ZDNet article about WhatsApp spyware

This bug affects both Android and iPhone users, so if you use WhatsApp, update to the latest version now. The latest update includes a security fix for this bug.

A Forbes article popped up in my Google app feed warning that devices running iOS 12 have a security flaw that allows the screen lock to be compromised. (I won’t post a link to the article as the site has numerous annoying popups and auto-running videos). The article didn’t give much detail and gave no advice for protecting your device.

An article from states that the data recovery company that is exploiting the flaw in iOS devices, offering an expensive service to unlock devices,  is also claiming it can unlock devices running Android and Windows.

Maybe instead of getting too deep in fear, the best advice is to follow sound security practice, no matter the device you have or the operating system it runs. Check out this Tech Crunch article on iOS security settings you should employ.