The latest update makes your Mac ridiculously easy to hack by pretty much anyone
Apple is a lifestyle more than it is a technology brand. I'm happy to hold my hand up and admit that I buy Apple products simply because they are Apple. I'm just a simple writer, I don't need complex software and video editing tools. All I need is a blank document or webpage to scrawl things down. But here I am; a man struggling to break bread and afford my rent, a man who once ate a noodle sandwich for dinner because he had no money, and also a man who owns a MacBook, an iPhone and an iPad for no particular reason.
I, and many others like me, am a sheep. I defend Apple with my life, and when my friends who have Android *shudder* phones tell me about why they are better, I laugh hysterically in their faces. For people like me, there is one excuse that we will always fall back on when it comes to Apple - security.
According to the stuff of legend, Apple products are basically unhackable. While this may not necessarily be true, it's an argument that us Apple users regularly cling onto with all our might when defending the tech giant: "Yeah, nice laptop, man. How much is Norton Anti Virus on that? Oh really? You should get a Mac. Yeah they cost over $1,000 but you can't hack them, so you don't need that $50 anti-virus software."
But now my world of security has been shaken to its very core. Now my smugness about the safety of my laptop has evaporated. Apple has performed the ultimate act of betrayal: they have made our Macs easy to hack.
Computer updates are designed to make your system's defense against hackers and viruses better. All of those important files and documents that you own - including that incredible cat playing a keyboard video - are not meant to be accessible by other people and when you have a system update, these files should be more secure than ever.
But it seems that Apple doesn't understand this. In the company's latest installment of OS High Sierra, the tech giant has made it insanely easy to hack your computer, almost to the point where it's absolutely hilarious.
If you're one of the unfortunate people who has downloaded the update, I'm sorry to tell you that anyone can gain access to your Mac by just typing "root" into the username field.
Apple is currently working on a fix to the issue and has said in a statement: "We are working on a software update to address this issue. In the meantime, setting a root password prevents unauthorized access to your Mac. To enable the Root User and set a password, please follow the instructions here: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204012. If a Root User is already enabled, to ensure a blank password is not set, please follow the instructions from the 'Change the root password' section."
I guess the only good thing to come out of this is that you can now log in to our loved one's computers and check what they're getting us for Christmas. If you're extra conniving, you could make a little bookmark on their browser full of ideas, that way you avoid the awful socks.