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Apple Withdraw iOS8 Update

Apple has been forced to withdraw an update for the iOS8 operating system for iPhones and iPads as it has ended up causing iPhone and iPads users a number of unexpected problems.

The update was meant to fix some bugs within the operating system which have been reported by iPhone and iPads users.

It has been reported that some users who have downloaded and applied the latest update suddenly started to have problems to make phone calls and use the fingerprint feature to unlock their phone.

On the plus side for those who have yet to upgrade their iPhone to the iPhone 6, it seems as though they are less likely to suffer any of the difficulties than those who have applied the update onto their iPhone 6.

A spokeswoman for Apple has confirmed that they are currently investigating the issues that have been reported and that in the meantime, they have decided to withdraw the update.

The spokeswoman stated, “We have received reports of an issue with the iOS 8.0.1 update. We are actively investigating these reports and will provide information as quickly as we can. In the meantime, we have pulled back the iOS 8.0.1 update.”

Affected users have already taken to social media website Twitter to express their irritation at the problems caused by the iOS update and to warn others not to download and apply it.

Such tweets included one user stating, “Not happy with my phone not working as a phone now. DO NOT UPDATE TO iOS 8.01” whilst another user stated, “Do not upgrade to iOS 8.0.1! Touch ID stops working but worse yet, you can’t connect to your wireless service.”

Before applying any updates, it is always good to test it first to ensure that it isn’t going to cause you unexpected problems or to wait a few days to see if anyone has experienced any issues.

It is also important to ensure that you have a successful backup of your data before applying any updates to give you the flexibility of rolling back before the update if any unexpected issues are encountered.

Have you applied the latest iOS8 update? Have you experienced any unexpected issues?

Google and Apple Introduce Encryption by Default

Google has revealed that their next mobile operating system, Android L, will encrypt users’ data by default. Apple has also confirmed that devices that are running its latest operating system, iOS8, will also encrypt data by default.

These measures are to make it more difficult for thieves or law enforcement agencies to obtain the data.

This isn’t the first time that Google and Apple have offered encryption for mobile devices but it was optional and needed to be enabled. As a result, many users were actually unaware of the capability to encrypt their data or hadn’t enabled it.

A spokesman for Google stated, “For over three years, Android has offered encryption, and keys are not stored off of the device, so they cannot be shared with law enforcement. As part of our next Android release, encryption will be enabled by default out of the box, so you won’t even have to think about turning it on.”

It is thought that the step to encrypt data by default is more to do with data privacy than protection as US firms will not have to hand data over to law enforcement agencies. As Google and Apple will not possess the data due to it being in an encrypted format and  having no knowledge of the encryption keys, it will be unreadable to them.

Google and Apple are already part of an alliance group called Reform Government Surveillance which has been set up in an attempt to persuade the US government to drastically change its surveillance programmes.

It is now very important that any confidential or sensitive data is stored in a secure state as the threat of cyber-thieves is increasing. They are developing more sophisticated methods of attacks as the value of obtaining confidential data is increasing.

Did you know about the data encryption feature? Have you enabled the encryption?

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