iPhone Phishing Attack
Misplacing a smartphone is something that has happened to us all before at some point in our lives. Thankfully, there is a solution to this, the Find my iPhone app which is linked to your iCloud. The Find my iPhone app sends the owner an alert email notifying them when the phone comes online and sends an SMS message that appears on the device’s screen.
Once the alert email is sent to the owner, their iCloud account details are required. Most users will have bank account details set on their iCloud which is something that you might want to reconsider.
It is believed now that phishers are sending fraudulent alert emails posing as Apple notifying the victim of a lost iPhone that their device has been found. People would naturally react with excitement and enter their credentials immediately. This trigger of excitement is when the victim is most vulnerable. Read through the email thoroughly and determine whether it is legitimate or not. Things to look out for:
- Does the show-iPhone-location.com seem off?
- Does the address bar bear a green lock icon, which indicates a secure, encrypted connection?
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If you are a victim of theft or loss of an iPhone, always bear in mind that there are opportunists out there waiting to capitalize on people’s misfortune by exploiting their emotions. It is also important to turn on your two-factor authentication. Lastly, be sure to identify the little things when receiving an email from a large enterprise like Apple, check the address of the sender and that their URL is directed to toward a secure page.