Crighton-Smith said the person must have known she was a woman since her Airdrop says Lorraine. Crighton-Smith, who told the BBC she felt “violated” by the hi-tech equivalent of flashing, reported the offence to the British Transport Police. “And a picture appeared on the screen of a man’s penis, which I was quite shocked by”, she told BBC.
Like Bluetooth, Airdrop allows iPhone users within short range to share files like photos and contacts letting people choose whether or not their phone is visible to everyone or just their contacts.
I felt violated, it was a very unpleasant thing to have forced upon my screen. But she anxious that someone else more vulnerable, like a child, could have received the photo.
Mark James, security specialist at ESET UK, explained in an email to SCMagazineUK.com that “AirDrop is not turned on by default, but it’s easy to set AirDrop to receive from Everyone, and then forget all about it. The real blame here lies with those who are sending the dirty pictures”. Disturbingly the images were sent by a total stranger somewhere in the vicinity.
However, because Ms Crighton-Smith had not clicked “accept” on the inappropriate image, officers said there was no technological evidence for them to work with after the incident in south London on Monday.
In a disappointing twist, if you find yourself the victim of cyber flashing the advice from the police is to actually accept the offending image that way they have the data they need to track down, arrest and convict the person behind the phone.
“By linking this to physical evidence, such as CCTV footage or witness statements, we can catch offenders and bring them to justice through the courts”. So until society evolves beyond this sort of lewd behavior, which it shows no signs of doing, keep an eye on your settings.
Even if you decline the file transfer, you still get to see the image – albeit a thumbnail. The default setting is “Contacts Only”, which means only people whose numbers are saved on your phone will be able to send items.
Users are recommended to ensure their settings are on “contacts only” to prevent abuse.
This is one”first Apple probably didn’t want