AN OFFICIAL Apple alert reveals how your data could be stolen or your devices ruined.
Anyone with an iPhone, iPad, or Mac must exercise “extreme caution” to avoid this.
An Apple memo warns users about Internet prompts to download software.
In this case, you are downloading content that is not from the official Apple App Store.
It’s very difficult to do this on iPhone or iPad unless you’re jailbroken, you’re using a “working configuration,” or you download a malicious file that pretends to be an app but isn’t.
But when you download anything from the World Wide Web to an Apple device, you have to be careful.
“Use extreme caution when downloading content from the Internet,” Apple warned.
That’s because while the Apple App Store apps are curated, files you download from the web aren’t reviewed in the same way.
So you might think that you are downloading something safe when in fact you are not at all.
“Some downloads found on the Internet may not contain the software that they claim to contain, or may contain software that you did not expect or want,” Apple said.
“This includes apps that ask for configuration profiles to be installed, which can then control your device.
“Once installed, unknown or unwanted software can become intrusive and annoying and even damage your Mac and steal your data.”
There are two ways to avoid this.
The first is to simply download files from the Apple App Store.
There is no 100% guarantee that the app is completely safe and legitimate, but you are far less likely to be caught by rogue software.
And if you’re using a Mac and trying to download software, you can also download it directly from the developer’s website.
Searching for software downloads on third party websites can be extremely dangerous.