Beware : the URL you are seeing in iOS may not be the URL you’re visiting

The Dutch Government’s Ministry of Security & Justice’s website Waarschuwingsdienst.nl has published a problem with iOS that is not a big threat to the prudent iOS user, but still is a ‘good to know’.

Simply put :

The URL that you are seeing in your iOS web browser may not actually be the URL you’re visiting, enabling a phishing threat (this problem was found in iOS 5.1, but will most certainly exist in all previous versions of iOS also)

Suggested remedy :

To minimize the potential of this hazard, make sure you are not clicking on any weblinks when reading websites or eMails from sources you do not fully trust.

Especially when asked for personal data and/or payment, make sure you retype the complete URL manually, and check if the URL doesn’t get redirected, when using your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch.

 

More info on this and other viruses, malware, hoaxes, vulnerabilities, software-leaks, privacy breaches, phishing and alike, including updates on official patches, can be found here [in dutch] :

http://www.waarschuwingsdienst.nl/Risicos/Actuele+dreigingen/Softwarelekken/WD-2012-026+Kwetsbaarheid+gevonden+in+Apple+iOS+Webkit.html

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tip : Find My iPhone on iCloud and the officially unsupported iPhone 3G

Question :

MobileMe supports Find My iPhone on the iPhone 3G, but since iCloud is not supported on the iPhone 3G, what will happen to Find My iPhone on my iPhone 3G after switching to iCloud ?

Answer :

You cannot setup Find My iPhone on an iPhone 3G after you’ve switched from MobileMe to iCloud, but if you already had it working with MobileMe, it will keep on working after switching to iCloud (normally speaking)

Apple has posted the official info on this here :

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4876?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US

It all boils down to this :

iOS-devices running iOS 4.1 or earlier are not visible in Find My iPhone on iCloud

iOS-devices running iOS 4 versions 4.2 and up should be visible in Find My iPhone on iCloud, but they’re not supported (and not recommended) by Apple

(note : iOS-devices running iOS 5 can run iCould natively, so they are fully supported)