Sunday, May 31, 2015

The Iphone Texting Bug Now Effects Twitter & Snapchat - How You Can Avoid Being "Bitten".

You may have heard about the latest IOS exploit. Someone sends you a malicious text message with a specific string of characters, and when you receive the notification, the text crashes the Messages App, as well as, your device. This bug effects all IOS devices - IPhone, IPod, IPad and Apple Watch. We now know that it also creates havoc with some 3rd party IOS Apps such as Twitter and Snapchat. A similarly formatted DM or Mention sent to your Twitter address, or a text chat via the Snapchat App, will crash your device.


Apple is currently working on a fix and plans to release it soon, but this bug is spreading rapidly. So, what can you do? Apple has posted a 3 step workaround for the Messages App problem - using SIRI.

  1. Ask SIRI to read "unread messages."
  2. Use SIRI to reply to the malicious message. After you reply, you'll be able to open the Messages again.
  3. If the issue continues, tap and hold the malicious message, tap More, and delete the message from the thread.

In order to prevent the exploit on 3rd party Apps like Twitter & Snapchat - Go to Settings>Notifications and turn off Notifications for Twitter and Snapchat.

This may be inconvenient, but I suspect Apple will roll out an update - very soon.