A major security flaw has been discovered in Apple and Google devices leaving users vulnerable to hacking when accessing supposedly secure websites.
The flaw means that you could be listened in on when going on certain websites compromising your passwords and other information.
The flaw, named ‘Freak’ by researchers, stands for Factoring Attack on RSA-Export keys. It appears to have originated from an old US government policy from the 1990s that didn’t allow companies to export products with “export-grade” encryption, meaning that computers and software sold outside of the US had weak security.
This rule was overturned in the late 1990s but because the weak security had already been built into the computers it allowed hackers to continue to gain access to computers.
More than one-third of secure websites were vulnerable to attack according to the tests although there is no way to know how much of it was exploited.
Apple is in the process of fixing the problem for both computer and mobile Safari users. Google Chrome is not vulnerable but Android mobile users are. Google has developed software to counteract this but it is up to the phone manufacturers whether or not to roll it out.