Ransomware might be a real problem for Windows users, but it’s not an issue for Apple devices unless they happen to be jailbroken. However, a new ransomware-like con is targeting unsuspecting iPhone users, as hackers have figured out how to harness the power of Find My iPhone to try to fool users into handing out a fee for supposedly restoring access to their phones. While hackers have not actually blocked access to your phone and no ransom should be paid, you still should find time to secure your Apple ID and all your other online accounts. More →
If you give your significant other a gift and they break up with you, do you have the right to take that gift back? Most people would probably say “no,” but apparently not everyone agrees. After breaking up with his girlfriend, a man trolled her in the most brilliantly evil way possible after she refused to return the iPhone she received from him as a gift. More →
More often than not, stories involving iOS’ “Find my iPhone” feature tend to be pretty low stakes affairs. As the stories typically go, someone loses their iPhone or has it stolen and relies upon “Find my iPhone” to track it down and retrieve it. Rinse and repeat.
This is not one of those stories.
Either Michael Saba and Christina Lee have put together a massive operation that goes around the country stealing iPhones and Android phones, or they simply happen to live in some strange Bermuda triangle of lost and stolen smartphones.
Okay, it’s definitely the latter. Saba and Lee are just the victims of bizarre bug that keeps sending angry iPhone and Android owners to their house in their efforts to retrieve a lost device. It might sound funny, but for them it’s definitely not a laughing matter. More →
One of the worst things that can happen with your smartphone, regardless of operating system, is to lose it or have it stolen. But most devices have measures in place to help owners track them down and hopefully retrieve them, with the iPhone’s Find My iPhone app being among the first of them. However, Apple’s iCloud-based security feature isn’t Android friendly.
In fact, if you’re in a case where you need to use Apple’s iCloud to find your iPhone, you’d better stay away from Android entirely. More →
Jeremy Cook died on Sunday in London from multiple gunshot wounds from suspects who were in possession of his lost phone, which he was able to track with an app. More →
If your iPhone has ever gone missing and you fear that it’s been stolen, don’t fret too much — it turns out there’s a pretty simple way to get it back that doesn’t involve calling the cops. The Verge’s Sam Sheffer over the weekend got his iPhone 6 Plus stolen right from his back pocket but instead of panicking, he borrowed his brother’s iPhone 6, installed Find My iPhone on it and got to work tracking the device. Below, we’re written up a step-by-step summary of how Sheffer got his device back. More →
Since its release, Apple’s (AAPL) “Find My iPhone” app has helped countless people find their lost or stolen iOS devices. The company has updated its app with a new feature that provides driving directions to your iOS device wherever it’s located. The only downside to the app appears to be the fact that it requires devices with iOS 6 installed because it uses the disappointing and sometimes dangerous Apple Maps for navigation. Still, if you can get over that flaw, Find My iPhone version 2.0.1 should definitely be one of the first apps all iOS users install. It’s better to be safe than sorry if disaster strikes and your iOS device goes missing.
When Apple first unveiled its iPhone 4 smartphone last summer, most media and bloggers were in agreement that the new glass construction was stunning. They also agreed, however, that the iPhone 4 would likely be more prone to significant damage than other smartphones due to the fragile nature of glass compared to plastic and metal. While we’ve heard our fair share of shattered iPhone stories, U.S. Air Force Combat Controller Ron Walker’s tale should help dispel the notion that the iPhone 4 is inherently fragile. While leaning out of an airplane looking for landmarks, Walker’s Velcro pocket flap popped open and his iPhone 4 plummeted to the earth below. At the time, the plane was traveling at 150 m.p.h at an altitude of roughly 1,000 feet. Once on the ground, Walker told a few friends what had happened, one of whom installed Apple’s “Find My iPhone” app on his own handset in an attempt to locate Walker’s lost phone. Unexpectedly, the app found Walker’s iPhone immediately and when the men drove to its location, they found the smartphone in perfect working condition without a scratch on it. Walker kept his iPhone in a standard Griffin case and it had no other casing or special protection at the time of its fall. More →
Just a quick little heads up to anyone who relies upon MobileMe, as the service will be down for maintenance overnight from 1am to 3am ET. Downtime is never fun, but it’s sounding a lot like when Apple’s engineers are done with the update we’ll finally see the beta label shed from the updated webmail portion of Me.com. That, and the release of a Find My iPhone app for devices running iOS 3.0 and up.
It’s the moment every iPhone owner dreads — but secretly dreams about. You’re walking in a dark alley (or near the intersection of Amberson Avenue and Amberson Place in Shadyside, in this case) and three men approach, one brandishing a gun. They demand your wallet, credit card PINs and your precious iPhone. Scared for your life, you nervously comply and hand over your belongings. As the men leave and you run in the opposite direction and think to yourself, “Hell yeah, I finally get to use the ‘Find My iPhone’ feature in MobileMe!” Editorializing aside, this is reportedly what happened early this morning in Shadyside, PA. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, an unnamed victim was allegedly robbed around 1:00 am this morning and forced to hand over his wallet and iPhone. After fleeing the scene unharmed, the man contacted the police and his banks before going home and using Apple’s ‘Find My iPhone’ feature to locate his iPhone at a local Walmart. The man coordinated with police and three suspects were eventually detained at a nearby gas station. Police recovered a black pellet gun, stolen identification, credit cards and cash, though the report does not indicate whether or not the stolen iPhone was recovered. Moral of the story: don’t steal a guy’s iPhone (but if you do, turn it off).