Apple added a convenient (according to developers) feature to the iPhone, but the police are asking to disable it
Law enforcement is urging iPhone users to be careful following the release of a new update. The dangerous NameDrop function is enabled on the smartphone by default, reports The Hill.
The Middletown Police Department in Ohio posted a warning to parents on Facebook regarding the NameDrop feature included in the iOS 17 update.
NameDrop is a feature that allows us to transfer our contact card to another user by simply connecting two iPhones thanks to AirDrop. That is, share our data that we have in the Contacts application.
Notably, this feature allows users to easily share contact information with another iPhone or Apple Watch by holding the devices very close to each other.
Once the devices are connected, you can share your information or receive another person's information. You can also cancel the transfer by locking your phone or moving the devices away from each other until the process is complete, Apple says.
NameDrop es la demostración que el ecosistema de apple no tiene rival. pic.twitter.com/uX6yUFvcNK
— Fran Besora (@ifrnb) July 28, 2023
The company also stated on its website that NameDrop only works for sending new information and not for updating a contact you already have on your phone.
“Parents: Be sure to change these settings on your child's phone to ensure their safety,” the Middletown Police Department wrote in a Facebook post. After all, if this function is active, then anyone can get data from your child’s phone just by moving their own smartphone to his.
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The Oakland County Sheriff's Office in Michigan also shared a warning about this feature, which is enabled by default in the new update.
The sheriff's office said that while you can choose not to share your information, "many people don't check their settings and don't understand how their phone works."
If you want to disable this feature, go to Settings, click General, and then click AirDrop. Disable the Bringing Devices Together option.
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