Constant connectivity just upped the game for the old trenchcoat flashers of yore. Now, pervs can just drop their nudie pics right onto the iPhones of unsuspecting passersby.
The good news is that cyberflashing is preventable, reports The International Business Times.
Cyberflashing occurs when a user send files through AirDrop to other Apple devices in a nearby range of about 32 feet. In New York City, where many subway stations are now connected, that 32 feet includes much of a crowded subway car, making for a potentially upsetting situation.
The connection works through Bluetooth and requires someone to accept the photo that is being sent. However, even a rejection can lead to a preview of the unwanted image.
IBT spoke with Mark James, a security specialist at ESET UK. This is what he told the publication: "AirDrop is not turned on by default, but it's easy to set AirDrop to receive from everyone, and then forget all about it."
To block complete strangers, he said, "iPhone users would be wise to change their AirDrop settings to receive from no one or just those people listed in the contacts list."