# Old Versions of Apple iOS and macOS are Putting Cryptocurrency Users at Risk
In recent news, it has come to light that older versions of Apple’s iOS and macOS operating systems are posing major security risks to its users. Even crypto journalist, Colin Wu, has made comments urging Apple users to update their operating systems to the latest versions, iOS 16.4.1 and macOS 13.3.1. Kaspersky, the well-known cybersecurity company, has also conducted research on this matter, uncovering multiple vulnerabilities that could leave users’ cryptocurrency wallets in danger.
## iPhones and Macbooks are at Risk
Kaspersky’s report reveals at least two serious vulnerabilities in the older versions of Apple’s operating systems. According to Kaspersky, one of these vulnerabilities is very dangerous, as it makes the Safari browser’s WebKit engine vulnerable to external attacks without the user even realizing it. Hackers could execute a specific malicious code on a website that they have set up, and infiltrate users’ systems in this manner.
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Another vulnerability could potentially give attackers root privileges, which would allow them to access various aspects of Apple devices, including the crypto wallets of its users. Colin Wu states that if both of these vulnerabilities are exploited by hackers, it could lead to a disaster situation for the user, as their crypto assets may be easily compromised.
## Update for iOS and macOS is Available
The fact that all incoming traffic to an iPhone uses Apple’s WebKit engine, makes every browser on an iPhone unsafe. This leaves a potential loophole for hackers to exploit the vulnerabilities mentioned above. It is therefore strongly advised that all Apple users update their devices to the latest versions to mitigate these risks. Apple uses the WebKit engine for all servers that host its content. This includes all of their websites and even the App Store. Due to the significance of these vulnerabilities, it is essential that users take swift action to update their devices.
Updating to the latest versions of the operating systems is the most effective way to reduce the risks of these vulnerabilities being exploited. It must be understood that these weaknesses exist in almost all of Apple’s mobile operating systems, including iOS, iPadOS, and tvOS, as well as the desktop operating system, macOS.
The cybersecurity risks of these vulnerabilities are severe and potentially far-reaching, which is why all users of Apple’s products should install the latest updates as soon as possible. In this way, users can continue to enjoy the benefits of the technology without the worry of these potential security risks.