DANGEROUS Hackers are targeting iPhone and Android phone owners – and you need to be prepared.
Apple has warned millions of gadget users about the best ways to avoid falling victim to a devastating “phishing” attack.
Any smartphone user could encounter phishing – a common online scam.
“Phishing refers to fraudulent attempts to obtain personal information from you, usually via email,” Apple explained in a website post.
“Scammers will use any means to trick you into sharing information or giving them money.”
Apple says phishing attacks can come in many different forms.
They are often pushed through emails or texts that appear to be from reputable companies – Apple included.
However, they can also come in the form of deceptive pop-ups and ads warning about security issues, fake promotions offering free products or prices, fraudulent phone calls or voicemails, and unwanted calendar invites and subscriptions.
In general, it’s best to ignore suspicious messages.
“If you’re suspicious about an unexpected message, call, or request for personal information or money, it’s safer to assume it’s a scam and contact that company directly if necessary,” explains Apple.
The Apple website has a number of tips for iPhone and Android owners.
- Never give out personal information unless you can verify the recipient
- Use two-factor authentication
- Avoid using Apple gift cards for payments
- Learn how to identify legitimate corporate email
- Only download apps from trusted sources
- Do not follow links or open attachments in suspicious or unwanted emails or texts
It is often extremely difficult to tell if an SMS or email is fraudulent.
But there are some clues you can look out for.
iPhone and Android phishing alerts
For example, verify that the sender’s email address or phone number matches the company they claim to be from.
Check if they are contacting you at a different email address or phone number than the one you provided.
Look at links in messages (without clicking on them) to see if the URL matches the company’s website. You can usually do this by hovering over a link.
Examine the message to see if it differs significantly from other letters you have received from the company.
If the message asks for personal information like a credit card number or account password, proceed with extreme caution.
Any unsolicited messages with attachments should also be treated carefully.
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