Bitdefender Launches Scam Alert App For iOS

Tyler Cross
Tyler Cross Senior Writer
Tyler Cross Tyler Cross Senior Writer

Bitdefender, the popular cybersecurity company, has released its previously Android-only Scam Alert feature for iOS devices.

The feature in question scans your SMS messages and calendar invites for potential malware, preventing them from reaching your device in the first place. It compares any links in your messages or calendar against Bitdefender’s database of known malware, searching for similarities.

While SMS messaging is a staple of how we communicate in our daily lives, it’s a massive vector for cybercriminals who distribute viruses, trojans, malware, and worse through normal-looking links.

Criminals take advantage of social engineering techniques by spreading fake voice messages, posing as bill collectors, informing you of a prize or lottery winning, impersonating your bank, job, or even sometimes family, and other unsavory techniques to convince you to click their malicious links.

Criminals will also create fake calendar invites and send them out en masse, tricking unsuspecting users into clicking the invite and leaving themselves vulnerable.

“Phishing attacks using text messaging and calendar events continue to increase globally, yet there are few options for protecting iOS devices and cybercriminals are capitalizing.” Says Ciprian Istrate, SVP of operations, Consumer Solutions Group at Bitdefender.

“Scam Alert is a powerful added layer of security that stops attackers in their tracks giving consumers peace of mind as they navigate their digital lifestyle, Istrate added.”

Bitdefender assures its customers that while Scam Alert will scan through your texts and calendar, it won’t actually collect any of your data.

Besides Scam Alert, Bitdefender Mobile Security for iOS includes anti-phishing protection, a VPN, data breach monitoring, and a vulnerability scanner to keep your apps secure. It builds off iOS’s naturally strong security features while protecting you against malicious links and websites.

“Bitdefender is honored to introduce the powerful Scam Alert feature on iOS, delivering a vital new layer of protection for Apple customers,” the company said in a blog post.

About the Author
Tyler Cross
Tyler Cross
Senior Writer

About the Author

Tyler is a writer at SafetyDetectives with a passion for researching all things tech and cybersecurity. Prior to joining the SafetyDetectives team, he worked with cybersecurity products hands-on for more than five years, including password managers, antiviruses, and VPNs and learned everything about their use cases and function. When he isn't working as a "SafetyDetective", he enjoys studying history, researching investment opportunities, writing novels, and playing Dungeons and Dragons with friends."