The iPhone and text message “spoofing”

In response to the increasing reports of text message “spoofing” incidents, Apple reminds every iPhone user to maximize the use of iMessage, the brand’s very own SMS-based message service feature.

Reports of a hack which allows users to “send” messages via iOS devices posing as someone else has been a cause for concern among different iPhone users, given its potential for questionable communications and compromising personal security.

The hack essentially allows proponents to send manipulated messages which appears to come from a recent “reply to” source, which leads to many recipients thinking that the said message comes from someone in their contacts list.

Apple’s iMessage service and features have been designed to address the hack’s related issues and woes, and iPhone and other applicable iDevice users are advised to use iMessage when sending text messages.

Given that iMessage is designed to actually verify the source of an incoming message, users are afforded with the extra precaution of checks and counter checks, doing away with instances of “spoofed” messages.

“Spoofed” messages could range from a myriad of forms, from messages pegged to cull personal information, to fake messages informing users of fake lottery winnings and/or fake raffle sweepstakes wins.

Though smart users know better than to actually reply or validate any message of this type, their incessant prevalence says something about how careless people can be in voluntarily giving out personal information, especially when a “spoofed” message appears to have come from someone they know.

As a service, iMessages was released in 2011, designed to deal wit the issues and concerns of standard SMS. iOS device users can readily access the service via the Messages App, as well as users of the OS X Mountain Lion or later versions of the OS X series.

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