There are some basics about cyber security that we all know: Don鈥檛 give your password out to any old website, make sure the connection is secure when giving out credit card information, use a VPN whenever possible and don鈥檛 click on any weird links.聽That last one bears repeating: Don鈥檛 click on any unidentifiable links you receive.

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Earlier this month, a link was sent out via SMS that was capable of jailbreaking phones and infecting them with malware. The attack was also capable of copying encrypted messages, activating the phone鈥檚 microphone and secretly tracking it with GPS. Basically, it was capable of infecting phones and then sending along all your personal information to whoever wanted it.

The link had been sent from an Israel-based 鈥渃yber war鈥 group. It was capable of turning your phone against you into a sophisticated spying machine.聽It was the first time a remote jailbreak of an iOS has been recorded, according to Citizen Lab, who investigated the malware.

For now, you don鈥檛 have to worry about someone remotely hacking into your phone聽鈥 Citizen Lab has already worked with Apple to fix the iPhone鈥檚 vulnerability. If you update to the new iOS 9.3 today, it will have this protection. However it鈥檚 important to remember that, although you鈥檙e protected this round, hackers make advances in technology every day. Stay safe and PLEASE don鈥檛 click any weird links.

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(h/t The Verge; photo via Getty)