The latest report from Certo Software shows that hackers have bypassed Apple’s strict security testing process to provide an application that can track iPhone users.
According to BGR, to do this, hackers took advantage of Apple’s pre-release testing system called TestFlight to provide third-party keyboard applications with the function of tracking iPhone users. TestFlight is a system that allows developers to send unfinished versions of their applications to users.
After users install the app to test, hackers can install a custom keyboard that looks like the iPhone’s default keyboard. From there, the keyboard acts as a keylogger and records all of the user’s data, including passwords, messages, etc. without the user’s knowledge.
Using third-party keyboards to track iPhones could lead to some drastic changes in the way Apple allows developers to use TestFlight. However, in the meantime, users are advised to do some work to ensure their information and data are not recorded by malicious keyboards.
To do this, go to the Settings app > General > Keyboard and navigate down to Keyboards. Here, users can see any keyboards they have installed. If you see any questionable keyboard, delete it by clicking the Edit button and selecting the red minus button, which will delete the keyboard from your device.
Of course, hackers are bound to find other ways to track your iPhone, so make sure you keep an eye on what you download and what websites you visit. Just because iPhones are secure doesn’t mean they can’t be hacked and accessed illegally.