Back in the days when phones served just for calling and sending short messages, the worst thing that could happen when an unauthorized person got hold of your handset was that they could read your texts. Today such incident would have much more serious consequences, since smartphones are basically small computers. Manufacturers go out of their way to try and protect smartphones, but hackers don’t rest on laurels either. This time round, iPhone owners are the target of a new phishing scam aimed at stealing their iCloud information.
It’s not a secret that smartphones are good business. If you are lucky, you can buy a phone at promotional price and then sell it for more, this way earning some extra cash. If you have an old device that is still in decent condition, you can give it a second chance and trade it in or sell it for parts. This sounds great as long as you are reselling your own devices. However, when other people’s phones are involved, things can get a little bit complicated, sometimes even more than just a little bit. This is how a criminal made money on stolen iPhones and didn’t get away with it.
It goes without saying that online shopping is far more convenient than having a trip to a local brick-and-mortar store. You don’t have to squeeze through crowds, you don’t get elbowed in the ribs, and there’s no waiting in endless lines. You just add the item to your virtual cart, pay and wait for it to arrive at your door. Piece of cake, right? Beware, though. Usually, the less complicated the process is, the less attention we tend to pay. That’s why online shopping can be dangerous. However, you can limit the risk to minimum if you learn to recognize hazardous situations and know how to avoid them. Here are the most common mistakes online shoppers make.
So, you have searched through thousands of online offers and bought an used phone because it was cheap, didn’t require long term contract and the seller ensured you it was in a mint condition and works flawlessly. Now, when the phone has been delivered, you’re asking yourself if it was a smart decision to have bought a pre-owned phone. What if it is a stolen device, or has some hidden issues? How the find out of the phone’s real value once it get to your hands? Here are some tips how to properly examine an used phone purchased online once you put your hands on it.
Just two days ago we warned you about a possible risk of Android phones being used to spy on users through devices’ camera and now it turns out that Apple iOS devices are not safe either. This time, however, the threat is not hypothetical but real and in fact is happening right now. Owners of iPhones, iPads and Macs across Australia are reporting that their devices are being hijacked by hackers and are held to ransom.
Technological advance greatly improves our lives, make the things faster and easier, but at the same time it increases a risk of being us exposed and vulnerable at numerous of tricks. That is the paradox of the times we live in. Sometimes the methods used by scammers are incredible sophisticated so they cannot be detected easily. In certain cases, they are unbelievably simple, and yet frighteningly successful. It seems that recently perpetrators have found a new way of making you say goodbye to huge sums of money. Here is how it works and how to avoid it.