Millions of iPhone and Android owners warned of dangerous ‘red flags’ on your device

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 prey to a devastating phishing attack.

Make sure you don't accidentally expose your iPhone


Make sure you don’t accidentally expose your iPhoneCredit: Apple

Any smartphone user could fall victim to phishing, a common online scam.

“Phishing refers to fraudulent attempts to obtain personal information from you, usually via email,” Apple explained in a post on the website.

“The scammers use any means possible to trick you into sharing information or giving them money.”

Apple says phishing attacks can take many different forms.

They are usually pushed through emails or text messages that appear to come from legitimate companies, including Apple.

But they can also take the form of deceptive pop-ups and advertisements warning of security issues, fake promotions with free products or prizes, fraudulent phone calls or voicemails, and unwanted invitations and subscriptions to calendars.

Generally, the best advice is to ignore suspicious messages.

“If you are suspicious of an unexpected message, call, or request for personal information or money, it is safest to assume it is a scam and contact that company directly if you are. need,” Apple says.

Apple’s website has a series of tips for iPhone and Android owners.

They understand:

  • Never share personal information unless you can verify the recipient
  • Using Two-Factor Authentication
  • Avoid Using Apple Gift Cards to Make Payments
  • Learn how to identify legitimate company emails
  • Only download apps from trusted sources
  • Do not follow links or open attachments in suspicious or unsolicited emails or text messages

It is often extremely difficult to determine whether an SMS or an e-mail is fraudulent.

But there are a few clues you can look for.

Phishing on iPhone and Android is a ‘red flag’

For example, check if the sender’s email address or phone number matches the company they claim to be from.

See if they contact you on a different email or phone number than the one you provided.

Examine the links in the messages (without clicking on them) to see if the URL corresponds to the company’s website. You can usually do this by hovering over a link.

Examine the message to see if it is significantly different from other missives you have received from the company.

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If the message asks for personal information like a credit card number or account password, treat it with extreme caution.

Any unsolicited messages with attachments should also be treated with care.

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