Apple’s AirDrop feature might be leaving you vulnerable to scammers collecting your private information. When you have Bluetooth and WiFi turned on people can share photos, documents, and other things with other Apple products nearby. This process however could allow data pirates a one-way ticket to your private information. Researchers say that strangers near your device can find your email address and phone number when you use the AirDrop feature. You don’t even need to start a connection with someone for them to find your information. Apple was notified of the issue almost two years ago and so far “has neither acknowledged the problem nor indicated that they are working on a solution.” The researchers went on to say, “This means that the users of more than 1.5 billion Apple devices are still vulnerable to the outlined privacy attacks.” To help protect yourself from potential data leaks you can disable AirDrop by going into your Settings, go to General, go to AirDrop and turn receiving off. If you need to share files you can always turn the function back on until you’re done.
— Yadullah Abidi (@YaddyVirus) April 23, 2021
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