Police warning iPhone users about NameDrop feature in IOS 17 update

Photo by Tommie Lee.

Police agencies are warning iPhone users about the new NameDrop feature in the IOS 17 update.

When brought together, this feature allows two phones to share contact information and photos through airdrop.

Police caution that the feature can be used for ill-intent so they’re providing instructions on how to turn it off. They say to first, open the “Settings” option… Then, tap the “General” option. After that, tap the “AirDrop” tab. And once AirDrop is selected, turn off the “Bringing Devices Together” option to disable the NameDrop feature.

They say scammers have been impersonating loved ones, friends, or family members to trick others into giving them money.

Identity theft is also a significant risk when information is not protected.

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