Cyberflashing!

We have written posts and other materials with regard to ensuring your mobile phone can be used safely and responsibly. This has included ensuring your location based settings are used appropriately to stop apps and potentially other people tracking your movement in the real world. We have also discussed the importance of understanding how your cloud storage is configured particularly as images taken on one connected device can easily appear on other devices using the same account details.

The BBC recently reported a new phenomena known as Cyberflashing. This makes use of a facility on the iPhone and other Apple devices known as Airdrop. Similar issues have been reported before using bluetooth. Airdrop uses wi-fi and Bluetooth to talk over a short range to other devices, like other iPhones. The settings on Airdrop can be changed to ‘everyone’ and this potentially will allow anybody to send you a document or an image anonymously. Full details can be found below.

Paul Scott

Curriculum Innovation manager working strategically with local, regional and national partners ensuring the service’s provision continually evolves to meet the needs of schools, the local community and businesses.

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