It is said that a simple computer virus is mostly the most troublesome one to get rid of. Same is the case with this simple iPhone scam that could leak your confidential and personal information from the phone. But the aforementioned statement does have an exception, and there is an easy solution to stay safe and shield your data against this scam. However, before discussing the solution, let’s understand the scam first.
What is this Apple Icon Scam?
In the recently identified icon scam, the apps on the iPhone display a password pop-up that looks genuine and exactly the same as the one that comes from Apple’s end. Because differentiating between the fake and real password pop-up is a hard nut to crack, many iPhone users enter that password to get into the app.
This Apple ID or password safeguards everything right from your images, messages, media to surfing history. If the user has not enabled two-factor authentication and enters the ID in the fake pop-up, there are thick chances of all the personal, as well as confidential information getting compromised.
How Does it Work?
The working of the scam includes creating a pop-up within a compromised app. The application could be your photos, messages, notes, etc. There is no obvious or easy way to find the difference between this fake and original pop-up. Because Apple gives the pop-up frequently while the users use the phone, he enters the ID and thus, compromises its privacy.
So, What’s The Solution?
As mentioned above, there is a simple and hassle-free way to check whether or not the Apple pop-up is legit. Here’s how it can be done.
When the pop-ups show up on your screen, simply press the home button once. If the pop-up is not legitimate or coming from a scamming app, it’ll vanish once you press the button. However, if it doesn’t go away, you can, without any worry, feed your Apple ID because that’s a legitimate pop-up. When the pop-up doesn’t go away when you press the Home Button, it means it is coming from the operating system itself.
If you are in doldrums, there is no need to enter the password. Though the Apple asks for the password frequently, it is not for anything immediate or high-priority. If it is, the OS will take you to the concerned app to fill in the password or it will ask you again in some time.
To Wrap Up
Let not a fake pop-up scam you and your precious data. Secure your iPhone and data inside it with this simple trick. Also, in order to strengthen your defense system, ensure to enable the two-factor authentication. This makes sure that unless someone has your device, he/she cannot leak your data. Leverage the digital era but do not let it hamper your privacy.