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by Gary Woods

If you use an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch running iOS 7 and do any kind of commerce on it you need to get an update. The same is true if you have a Mac with OSX 10.9 (Mavericks) or OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion.

Commerce means buying anything on the internet like from Amazon or logging into your bank or brokerage account. Even if all you do is to get free Apps from the App Store you need this update. What happened is that Apple discovered a problem with what's called the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) and fixed it with an update called 7.0.6 for iOS and 10.9.2 for Mac OSX.

To check and see what version of iOS you're running tap on Settings then General then About and scan down to Version. If it says 7.0 or higher but not 7.0.6 you've got to update. To do so get out your white cable and plug it into your computer and then the device. iTunes on your computer should start up but it if doesn't start it. In the upper right hand corner find your device and click on it. Then, click on Backup to this computer. Once your device is backed up to the computer make sure that you're on a WiFi network then open the device and once again go to Settings and General but this time tap on Software Update and follow the prompts.

On your Mac go to the upper left hand corner and click on the Apple then "About this Mac." If you're running 10.9 or 10.9.1 you need the update. Again, make sure and back up your computer using Time Machine or whatever way you back it up and then click on Software Update and follow the prompts.

This is a big update that didn't get enough recognition in the press but you need it RIGHT NOW!!

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc