Namedrop can put your iPhone info at risk
Perhaps you have seen the television commercial where a man uses a handheld device to scan a backpack as he walks past another person and gains all of their credit card info. There is now something similar that Virginians should be aware of that can happen to information stored on your iPhone thanks to the latest IOS update.
Dakota News says police are warning parents that the latest iPhone IOS update has a feature “NameDrop” that is enabled by default with the new update. You will have it without choosing it or being warned in advance by Apple of the danger it poses
Anyone who has this feature can place their phone next to your iPhone or your child’s iPhone and automatically receive all the contact information. Police said this may include pictures, phone numbers, email addresses, and other info.
You can disable Namedrop
To disable this feature, police said to go into your iPhone settings, click general, then airdrop and shut off “bringing devices together.”According to WFIE, officials with Apple said the contacts won’t be shared unless you choose to share your contact card and receive the other person’s.
My phone recently updated and I was unaware of this new feature until I read about it. I immediately followed the instructions and disabled it. Cosmopolitan says there have been complaints from iPhone users who like me were unaware of this feature. Information might have been taken without any of us knowing about it.
NameDrop will also cancel if the two iOS devices are moved away from each other or the iPhone is locked before the transfer completes but who wants to take that chance? The Hill reports that iPhone information can also be transferred to Apple watches.