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Millions of iPhone owners urged to check settings or risk Christmas spying horror

MILLIONS of iPhone owners are being urged to check their settings after Christmas – to avoid snoopers, scammers and hack attacks.

Cyber-experts have told The Sun that users need to be extra vigilant around Christmas.


Consider using iCloud Keychain to stop hackers from guessing your passwordCredit: Apple

Scammers and hackers take advantage of increased holiday spending and festive good cheer to target victims over the holidays.

And with around a billion iPhone users around the world, Apple fans are a major target.

“Keep your iPhone protected with a passcode or Face ID or Touch ID,” said Chris Hauk, consumer privacy champion at Pixel Privacy, speaking to The Sun.

“This prevents other users from using your iPhone.

“Also, use Apple Pay to pay for purchases when possible, both online and in stores.

“This protects you from credit card fraud, such as credit card skimmers.”

Here are three key tips to keeping your iPhone safe


“There are a couple of very simple, but very effective, things iPhone users can do to stay safe this Christmas,” said Jamie Ahktar, CEO at CyberSmart.

“First, make sure you regularly update your iPhone to the latest version of iOS and download the latest versions of the apps you use.

“Software developers regularly ‘patch’ vulnerabilities in software and release them as updates.

“So by regularly updating you’re making sure your phone doesn’t have any easy routes in for cybercriminals.”

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