Warning as new iPhone feature called “NameDrop” puts security at risk

Following a recent update, police have begun cautioning iPhone users. A warning on the “NameDrop” feature in the iOS 17 update was posted on Facebook by the Middletown Division of Police in Ohio, specifically for parents.

By bringing the devices very close to one another, the functionality makes it simple for users to share their contact information with another iPhone or Apple Watch. 

Here, you have the option to exchange or receive the other person’s information once the devices have connected. 

According to Apple, you can also stop the transfer before it’s finished by locking your phone or moving the devices separately–NameDrop cannot be used to update an existing contact on your phone; it can only be used to transfer newly acquired data.

The Middletown Division of Police said on Facebook, “PARENTS: Don’t forget to change these settings on your child’s phone to help keep them safe.”

Concerning the latest update’s default “NameDrop” feature, the Michigan Oakland County Sheriff’s Office posted an advisory.  

They made it clear that a lot of individuals would not know what settings are on their phones.

If you wish to configure this on your child’s or your phone, fo to “Settings,” select “General,” and then click on “AirDrop.”

Next, turn off the “Bringing Devices Together” feature to deactivate the feature.

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