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Police investigate new ‘cyber-flashing’ crime

A female commuter describes how she was left feeling ‘violated’ after receiving an unwanted sexual image on her smart phone

Police are investigating a ‘new’ crime after a commuter received an unwanted picture of a penis via Apple’s Airdrop function.
Dubbed ‘cyber-flashing’, a 34-year-old woman contacted British Transport Police after she received the unwanted image while she was heading to work.
Lorraine Crighton-Smith, who was travelling on a train in south London, told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme: “I had Airdrop switched on because I had been using it previously to send photos to another iPhone user – and a picture appeared on the screen of a man’s penis, which I was quite shocked by.
“So, I declined the image, instinctively, and another image appeared, at which [point] I realised someone nearby must be sending them, and that concerned me. I felt violated, it was a very unpleasant thing to have forced upon my screen.`
“I was also worried about who else might have been a recipient, it might have been a child, someone more vulnerable than me.
“My name on Airdrop says Lorraine so they knew they were sending it to a woman. The images were of a sexual nature and it was distressing.”
Transport police are investigating the ‘new’ crime, and have urged anybody else who suffers something similar to come forward.

via Police investigate new ‘cyber-flashing’ crime – Telegraph.

Protect Against CYBER FLASHING

3 Steps to Protect YOU Now:

This is a problem for iOS and Mac users right out of the box, so I am only covering these devices. We can protect ourselves from CYBER FLASHING very easily.

  1. Change your air drop settings (swipe up to get to your control center)
    1. Turn off air drop or
    2. Set air drop to “Only Contacts”
  2. Change your device names. Don’t use your name/location AT ALL.
    1. iOS Device (iPhone, iPad, etc): Settings > General > About > Name
    2. Mac Computer: System Preferences > Sharing > Computer Name
  3. Turn off Wifi and/or Bluetooth (Air Drop requires these to work)

Do this on your devices, your family’s devices, your kid’s devices. SAVE YOURSELF NOW! There is NO REASON for you to be a victim!

Thanks to Darren Natoni at for his tips! Check out Beyond The Password for even MORE information on protecting yourself online!

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