With the festive season upon us and the never-ending gift lists growing, you may miss some additional Apple gifts on a list you never added. With online criminals trying every means to get their hands on your personal information and credit card details, it might be worth your time to take a look at a few tips to safeguard your information effectively.
How Apple information is being stolen
With all the new Apple launches and now the huge second-hand market apple has created for their devices, clients of Apple are often bombarded with text messages, calls, and emails from “Apple” which claim they require updated personal details or invoices of items you didn’t order. Now, unless you shop in your sleep, you will pick up very quickly that these are not your items. Before you click on any link or follow any instructions, stop and take a look at the sender’s email address.
Signs and tips to spot the scammer
Companies will have a domain point to their company name. For instance, if you are contacted by a suspicious source you could contact firstname.lastname@example.org, and when in doubt always contact the company directly or off of the official website. Although it may seem obvious, these emails can often seem very authentic. However, you can also look at things such as the layout and quality of the images in the “invoice”. These will appear to be pixelated or the invoice layout may have been changed from the standard layout that Apple applies to their documentation. It is always important to remember that no organisation will ask you to confirm your account or credit card details via an email or text. And if you receive a link asking you to confirm yours, never follow them as these links can download viruses and can install keylogging software to track your activity.
A link you can trust
Click here to read more tips and tricks from Apple’s website.