CINCINNATI -- A major Apple security flaw has tech experts warning users not to use an iPhone or iPad on Wi-Fi until they download an update.
Apple issued a free fix Tuesday in the form of an operating system update for Mac computers. Without the update, private information could have been exposed to hackers. Four days earlier, the tech giant released a patch in its iOS 7.0.6 update that fixes the security issue for iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches.
Left unfixed, CNN reports hackers could potentially read private communications sent over Apple devices, including emails, instant messages, social media posts and even online bank transactions.
Those communications often happen over secure channels. But Reuters reports an error in Apple's code gave hackers the ability to be on the same network as the user to view sensitive information.
The Mac computer software update was issued for both Mavericks and Mountain Lion versions of OS X.
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