How to protect your iPhone from phishers
If you believe your iPhone is safe from phishers, think again. Hackers are getting smarter day by day, and lately, they have started using voice phishing scams, pretending to call on behalf of Apple Support to make iPhone owners disclose their sensitive information. Follow these tips to not be a victim of voice phishing.
- If you receive a call from a person who says that he or she is from Apple Support and asks you to contact a certain number because Apple has evidently suffered a security breach, do not panic, and don’t call the number. Always remember that customer support is not proactive: the company waits till you call them before it addresses your issues. That Apple would reach out first is already doubtful. To verify your suspicion, you can call Apple Support and ask whether the call you received was really from their headquarters.
- Without confirming by official sources, never follow instructions from any caller or email sender. And if the sender asks you for sensitive or personal information like your User ID or password, that should be a big red flag. Do not disclose confidential or financial information via SMS, phone call, or email. If you don’t know the person on the other line, block the number or block the sender of the email and report the message as spam.
- For more protection of your iPhone and other devices, don’t click on the URLs in emails or messages from unknown senders. If you do so can open compromised web pages, or force download infected files. Only trust URLs that have https in their addresses. The s stands for a secure website, and any webpage that only reads as http may be vulnerable to data interception because information exchanged over these sites aren’t encrypted and safe.
- It’s also good to always update your email and other messaging apps because developers often include anti-phishing security patches when they roll out new features or versions of their software.
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