Apple has responded to the SMS security flaw outed by iOS hacker pod2g on Friday, saying the company “takes security very seriously.” The exploit, which tricks users into sending messages to unknown recipients, is a result of “SMS limitations,” Apple said, reminding iPhone owners to be “extremely careful” when texting.
The answer right now seems to be to use Apple’s iMessage, which the company introduced with iOS 5 last year. “When using iMessage instead of SMS, addresses are verified which protects against these kids of spoofing attacks,” Apple said.
But if you’re talking to someone who isn’t a part of the Cupertino company’s ecosystem? Heed caution, no matter what platform you subscribe to — all it takes is a tweaked reply-to field. As always, make sure not to give out any personal or otherwise important information when texting.