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 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] :

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 :

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)

tip : make your own iPhone ringtones with QuickTime 7 Pro

How to create an iPhone ringtone with Quicktime 7 Pro

With Quicktime 7 Pro you can transform any audio file into an iPhone ringtone – for free.

  • Open Quicktime 7 Pro and load an audio file that you want to convert (AAC or mp3)
  • Adjust the sliders to mark the part of the song that you want to use with the left and right locater in the time bar. NOTE : The length cannot be longer than 30 seconds (29 seconds max)
  • Go to the Edit menu and trim the file to the marked length
  • Go to the File menu and select “Export”
  • Change the export format preset to “iPhone”, that will export to a file with the .m4v file extension
  • Manually change the file extension to .m4r ; when asked “Are you sure…?” click “Use .m4r” (the the text in the file icon will now change from “MPEG 4” to “Ring” or the entire icon will change into a black square music icon)
  • Drag the .m4r-file onto your iTunes music library (check under “Ringtones” to see if it’s been imported)
  • Sync your iPhone to get the new ringtone on your iPhone (make sure you’ve selected “Sync Ringtones” before syncing)
  • Then on your iPhone change the ringtone to your self made ringtone