Fake Alexa setup app fools Apple and iPhone users

Fake Alexa setup app fools Apple and iPhone users
It appears that Apple has been tricked by a fake app called "Setup for Amazon Alexa," that is supposed to help users set up the Alexa virtual personal assistant on their smart speaker. As stated by 9to5 Mac, when the app is first opened, it asks for the user's IP address, the serial number of the smart speaker, and a name for the device. The App Store listing said that the app teaches users how to correctly setup their Alexa assistant and give it essential commands

With all of the new Alexa powered smart speakers that were opened during the holiday season, this app has hit #6 in the Utilities category, and is the 60th most installed app overall in the App Store. Those receiving an Echo device might have searched the App Store for "Setup Amazon Alexa," which not by coincidence is the name of the app. The app apparently tries to keep users engaged long enough to start serving ads, thus ringing the cash register.

The developer is a company called One World Software, which has two other apps available for iOS users. One is called "Marketplace – Buy/Sell," and the second is a 99 cents paid app titled "Any Font for Instagram." However, it appears that all three were removed by Apple earlier today. If you have any of these three apps on your iPhone, you might want to uninstall them immediately.

If you did get a new Alexa powered smart speaker for the holidays, you should install the official iOS or Android Alexa app to help you setup the virtual assistant.

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47 Comments

1. Vokilam

Posts: 999; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Um. You should probably check the reviews for any app you intend to install. Ignoring those is your problem.

8. lyndon420

Posts: 6386; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

But Apple's app store is safe... shouldn't have to check reviews. s/

19. Vokilam

Posts: 999; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

What’s unsafe about an app pushing ads. I remember that nearly all android versions same iOS apps push ads instead of upfront charge. By your argument - majority of android apps are unsafe?

20. lyndon420

Posts: 6386; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Maybe re-read my 'argument' again dude. And if your memory serves you well enough you'll also remember that there are paid app versions for almost everything in Android. I didn't say ads were unsafe, but asking for IP addresses etc sounds fishy to me.

21. Vokilam

Posts: 999; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Okey.

24. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

Stupid android who gets 75% scam on their play store. Apple store is still safer and response immediately to cases like this

2. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2343; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

iOS user's... Not surprised

10. fatTony

Posts: 113; Member since: Dec 20, 2012

This has nothing to do with IQ, but the iPhone users I know are not tech savvy.

11. theviolinist

Posts: 209; Member since: Feb 03, 2018

Says someone who can't even spell users correctly lol

15. koioz

Posts: 132; Member since: Nov 29, 2018

Then here comes a loser who criticize the grammar instead because it can't construct a valid counter argument.

22. lyndon420

Posts: 6386; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

He couldn't construct a complete sentence either - he forgot the period.

28. theviolinist

Posts: 209; Member since: Feb 03, 2018

i forgot you're on your period.

32. lyndon420

Posts: 6386; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

The beginning of a sentence should start with a capital/upper case letter.

34. theviolinist

Posts: 209; Member since: Feb 03, 2018

copied this from google? hahah, at least you're evolving. no, the ones directed to you are good with a lowercase letter.

29. theviolinist

Posts: 209; Member since: Feb 03, 2018

yeah, sure, a valid counter argument to what? that generalizing stupid statement? if you want to criticise someone at least try to spell it correctly, i mean, i know you android users aren't so smart, but you can always use google.

36. iushnt

Posts: 3040; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Triggered?

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 30688; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I wonder how many fulz fell for it.

5. EC112987

Posts: 1211; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Aren't Iphone users the same as Apple users!!!!! You guys Are getting worse..and before you mention other Apple products besides the iPhone..the headline should just say Apple so smdtfb

6. lyndon420

Posts: 6386; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Apple also has laptop's and desktop systems. Just saying.

31. theviolinist

Posts: 209; Member since: Feb 03, 2018

laptops***, damn this grammar. Is it your period affecting your spelling skills or you're just plain stupid?

35. darkkjedii

Posts: 30688; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You left out a comma before the word (or).

37. iushnt

Posts: 3040; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

If you like correcting grammar then correct it properly. It’s ‘have’ not ‘has’ since the noun is plural (laptops). Further, you corrected a spelling and cried out for grammar mistake while you didn’t care about actual grammar mistake. Do you even know what grammar means?

38. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5474; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

The correct sentence is: or are you just plain stupid? Don't try to correct grammar when yours is s**tty as hell.

42. theviolinist

Posts: 209; Member since: Feb 03, 2018

no, you're wrong, i wasn't asking him if he's plain stupid (cause he clearly is), i was asking which one of those two affirmations applies to him. so therefore, it's you're.

43. lyndon420

Posts: 6386; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Typical.

45. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5474; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

Then you should have said: Is it your period affecting your spelling skills or the fact that you're plain stupid. So your sentence is still incorrect. The only plain stupid one I see is you.

46. theviolinist

Posts: 209; Member since: Feb 03, 2018

ahahah, you really wanna sound philosophical and smart, but you're not quite making it. anyway, a 10 for the effort

47. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5474; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

Nothing philosophical or smart about correct sentence structures, just basic English 101. If that sounds philosophical or smart to you, that says more about you then.

39. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1275; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

You need to check your grammar before you call out others on it. Correct punctuation and word usage is key. Also take into consideration that not everyone on here is a native English speaker/writer.

9. fatTony

Posts: 113; Member since: Dec 20, 2012

Yes, but one could own an iPad, or Mac without owning an iPhone, thus putting them in the "Apple users" but not necessarily iPhone users. Not mutually exclusive.

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