iPhone OS 3.1 Anti-Phishing Guide: Proper Setup Tips

It has been reported that the latest update to the iPhone OS 3.1 includes a new anti-phishing feature for Safari. Curiosity arose regarding its functionality, prompting Jim Dalrymple from The Loop to inquire directly with Apple for clarity.

The company’s response was detailed and informative.

“To conserve battery life and avoid extra data charges, Safari’s anti-phishing database is downloaded while the device is charging,” explained Apple spokesperson, Bill Evans. “Users should update their devices to iPhone OS 3.1, open Safari, connect to Wi-Fi, and charge their iPhones with the screen turned off.

This setup should typically be automatic during regular charging sessions for most users.”

This process ensures the complete download of the anti-phishing database, which is essential for the functionality to be activated. Users might occasionally need to repeat this process to keep the database current.


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