Have you ever thought about just how much information you keep in your phone? Your name, your parents’ names and contact information, photos of you and the people close to you. Not to mention most people have access to their social media, email and credit card numbers within the device. It’s all just a tap away.
Twitter user afronomics realized this when she found a lost iPhone and decided to see what she could find out about its owner. All she wanted was to figure out how to return the phone, but what she found was eye opening.
It started out normal enough.
But it didn’t take long for her to feel weird about what she had found out about the iPhone’s owner.
She decided to use her experience to warn others about what information they put into their phones.
She also gave some advice to other iPhone users so they won’t have to worry about being in a similar situation.
People were understandably grateful for the tip.
Thank you for this! I just changed my settings
— Francesca Hogi (@DearFranny) February 21, 2017
My iPhone skills are above average I didn't know any of this. Mine pulled up everything you mentioned with touch ID on. Thanks
— Dani (@danisaysit) February 21, 2017
no snitchin on this side pic.twitter.com/i5y8dR8fsy
— BIG KEI 🇯🇲 (@YoungCurryPowda) February 21, 2017
Others worried about how easily Apple let strangers retrieve their information without their knowledge.
We need a tougher Siri
Stranger: Siri, What's my address
Siri: Who's asking, motherfucker?@Apple
— Stirling Matheson (@SZMatheson) February 21, 2017
Afronomics’s experience is a lesson to us all: be careful about what information you keep in your phone, and always check your privacy settings.