We recently came into contact with a young man who’d narrowly avoided losing his iPhone to a witless prank doing the rounds on the net.
For those who aren’t familiar, when the ios7 update was released, along with it came a prank ad that was remarkably professional looking, as though it had been issued from Apple. It is safe to say that the advertisement made anyone look twice. Quite simply, the slick ad stated that the update to ios7 would make your iPhone waterproof. Sadly and most certainly, it would not.
Where we would hope that no one would call the bluff on this kind of extreme advertising, we also knew that there would be some people who trusted the professional and seamless Apple-style branding and graphic design on the ad, certainly to the point where they would try to get their phone wet to see how it coped.
Well, it happened, and it might have even happened to you.
Unfortunately, ads like these are difficult to remove and delete from the internet once they’ve gone viral, which means they turn up in many of your friends social media feeds, or simply that get passed along as valid and factual advice in an email you might have forwarded.
It’s important to communicate your concerns if you ever see an ad making a wild claim like this in the future. Being critical of any random advertising is not only helpful in cutting back the potential for computer viruses, it also eliminates the possibility of wasting anyone else’s time.
If you see it, call it out.
The truth is, it comes down to being more vigilant and speaking up when you’re sceptical. If you see an ad that you know immediately to be a hoax doing the rounds, report it. You can make a social media statement, or you can contact the sender in your email and let them know that the ad may be fraudulent. Sometimes it is as simple as doing a brief hoax check on the net; the fastest way to find out if an ad you’re suspicious of is a prank.
All this got us wondering how many people actually did fall victim to this nasty viral ad. Did you or anyone else you know end up one iPhone down and a bit red-faced to boot?
If so, come and see the specialist team at The Laptop Man, for honest, downright good service with a smile that can’t be beaten. We’d be pleased to determine whether your iPhone can be saved, or set you up with a new phone, although a waterproof variety may be out of the question.