Following an email phishing scam in January and last week's "man in the middle" vulnerability
, some Apple
(NASDAQ:AAPL) users must now contend with another security concern: a new wave of phishing messages.
The email that consumers should avoid asks users to confirm their accounts within 48 hours by clicking on a link.
If you have received one of these emails, do not click on the link.
Instead, simply discard the email.
has reported that the scam email is being sent from several different email addresses, including "apple[at]id[dot]appleidupdates[dot]com," and is signed "Apple Security Department."
Below is an image of the phishy email:
Here's the easiest way to tell if a supposed email from Apple is actually a scam: The company will never
ask its users to confirm account details and credentials (username and password), or to change those credentials, via email.
Another way to test an emailed link with a hidden URL is to right click on the hyperlinked word, choose "Copy Link Location" from the drop-down menu, and then paste the link into your browser's URL field. Do not hit enter. You should be able to see what the URL is, and if it's for anything other than Apple, you're dealing with a fake.
The best way for an Apple user to update an accounts is to go through iTunes -- just log in with an Apple ID and check for updates when prompted.
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