Keep spam out of the Home App
Although Apple has done a lot of cutting-edge research and practice on privacy protection, there is still constantly updated spam information attacking users in various new ways. In addition to malicious SMS attacking users’ inboxes on a large scale, many shared content connected via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi generates diverse network connections through interactions between devices.
Homekit has exploded on the heels of HomePod, making IoT and the smart home an integral part of life. And a lot of scams and infodemic followed in the post-pandemic era, sending spam to the Home app via home invites.
The information I received myself and the example of Apple’s official community discussion is highly coincidental, a site similar to that contains a lot of gambling advertisements by joining a shared room trying to penetrate your device and requiring permission to control other devices in your household.
This is scary, because there are only two options for allowing and denying on this interface, and there are no even more stringent action instructions such as reporting or blocking.
A large percentage of information breaches extend from email.
Including Apple’s storage of a large number of personal email addresses, some spambots can even obtain email addresses by searching chat rooms, forums, and newsletters. By obtaining user information, target users can be found, including but not limited to their activities on the Internet, behaviors, consumption of websites, and surfing habits, so as to send them targeted advertisements or more vaguely directed spam.
Once a user clicks on these emails, very often you are redirected to a phishing site that quickly captures your IP address to collect data about your online activity or personal information (See our previous article about phishing). Even illegal shopping sites can steal your sensitive information such as credit card numbers or PINs and generate payment-related money transactions.
In conclusion, email is still a vulnerable channel that needs extra attention right now.
How to maximize security and privacy protection？
VPNs help solve this problem in two dimensions.
With X-VPN for Internet browsing, your data is highly protected through a bank-graded encrypted tunnel. This means that no matter where you are or what public network you use, your data and information will be well protected from potential attackers. This is the key to stopping spammers from getting your email address and targeting you.
In addition, all protocols we use are delimited by random letters, and all your information is anonymous. By switching the dynamic changes of different servers, the real IP is anonymous, and different websites cannot obtain your real location.
You can open any email, download, and browse the internet without worrying about websites recording your personal information and potentially sending you spam or suspicious messages in the future.