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Apple urges users to download update amid major security flaw

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At least one expert says this Apple security flaw is 'as bad as you can imagine.'

It's affecting nearly everyone who has an iPhone, an iPad, an iPod touch or even a mac laptop or desktop computer.

On Friday, Apple revealed a major vulnerability on the current version of its IOS software...

It's called a 'man-in the middle attack.'

The flaw allows hackers to easily intercept, alter and read emails, secure log-in information and other personal information that is meant to be encrypted between you and the person or website you're interacting with.

Attackers can most easily get access through open wireless networks.

An expert we talked to says if you're at an open network, meaning, if you're sitting at a coffee shop and you're doing your banking, you're using Facebook or Gmail, and if someone like a hacker is sitting there, they can make a website look as if it's Facebook. If you log on, they're able to see every key stroke you're doing so they're able to see passwords, they're able to see your contacts and other information you're sending without even knowing it.

Apple released a security fix on Friday and is urging users to download the update if you have an iPhone 4 and later generations, 5th generation iPod touches, and Ipad 2 and later models.

But there still is no security fix available for Mac computers.

Bottom line, download the update immediately available in your Apple settings.

A security fix is expected for Mac computers. But until then, be extra careful not to use or access personal information when using unsecured open wireless networks like in coffee shops or restaurants.

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