How To Fix Apple's FaceTime Fustercluck

How To Fix Apple's FaceTime Fustercluck

How To Fix Apple's FaceTime Fustercluck

Apple faced a great deal of public criticism for missing a scary privacy-invading FaceTime bug that a 14-year-old actually discovered before the company's cybersecurity experts, but interestingly enough, the other three vulnerabilities fixed with the latest iOS update made far fewer headlines. If you haven't received any notification, you can download iOS 12.1.4 by going to Settings General Software Update.

Apple, which just released iOS 12.1.4 that includes a fix for the bug, said it also plans to compensate Grant Thompson, the Arizona-based teenager, who notified them about the problem in early January. By initiating a Group Call and adding your own number after calling someone on FaceTime, it was possible to hear the recipient's audio before they answered. In fact, Apple has acknowledged that it's paying Grant for discovering the bug, which he did about two weeks ago while playing Fortnite and trying to get a group FaceTime chat with friends set up. Both issues have been addressed with the update. In the days following, it was discovered that the mother of U.S. teen Grant Thompson alerted the company a week before it took action; Apple is reportedly rewarding the family per its bug hunting policy. Apple unfortunately never responded to these attempts and only paid attention when videos of the bug started circulating on social media. The Cupertino company declined to say how much it paid, though the company runs a "bug bounty" program that, in some cases, pays up to hundreds of thousands of dollars to researchers that report bugs. Plug your device into a power source and click on the Download and Install button.

For macOS users, the 10.14.3 update may automatically be installed.

There's also a FaceTime security update that's been issued for the Mac version of the app as well.

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