How to Block Any Website On Your Computer, Phone, or Network

There are several reasons why you might want to block certain websites on your computer. Some websites could be spreading viruses, contain explicit content or even be trying to steal your personal data. While you may well be more than capable of avoiding these websites, but that doesn’t stand true for every one who uses your device. In such cases, it might be best to block certain websites.

There are different ways to go about blocking websites. You can choose to block websites only on specific browsers, the entire operating system, or indeed your network router. Here’s how to block websites.

On your computer

If you want to control access to websites on just one machine, then you can set up block at the operating system level. This method for blocking websites is not too hard to configure and will work across browsers.

How to Block Any Website On Windows Computers

One of the backbones of the Internet is the DNS system that translates easy to remember (and type) names such as www.google.com into equivalent IP addresses (8.8.8.8). While you use DNS servers to get to websites, your computer also has something called a HOSTS file which can have this information stored locally. This can be used to disable access to unwanted websites. We checked this method with both Windows 7 and Windows 8.

1. Make sure you have administrator access on your computer. Sign in to your PC using an administrator account and go to C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\

2. Double-click the file named “hosts” and select Notepad from the list of programs to open the file. Click OK. The last two lines of your hosts file should read “# 127.0.0.1 localhost” and “# ::1 localhost”.

2a. In case you can’t edit the file, you’ll need to right-click the file labelled hosts and select Properties. Click the Security tab, select the administrator account and click Edit.

2b. In the pop-up, select the account again and check Full control. Click Apply > Yes. Now click OK in all pop-ups.

3. At the end of the file, you can add the addresses of websites to block. To do this, just add a line at the end of the file, with 127.0.0.1 and then the name of the site you want to block – this will redirect the site’s name to your local computer.

4. To block Google, for example, add “127.0.0.1 www.google.com” to the end of the file without the quote marks. You can block as many sites as you want this way, but remember you can only add one per line.

5. Repeat this step until you’ve added all websites you want to block.

6. Now close the hosts file and click Save. Reboot your computer for the changes to take effect and you’ll find that all those websites are now blocked.

How to Block Any Website On Your Mac

Here’s how to block websites on OS X .

  1. 1. Make sure you have administrator access to your Mac. Now open Terminal. You can find it under /Applications/Utilities/Terminal.
  2. 2. Type sudo nano /etc/hosts and press enter. Enter the user (login) password when prompted.
  3. 3. This will open the file /etc/hosts in a text editor. Type the name of the website in a new line in this format “127.0.0.1 www.blockedwebsite.com” (minus the quotes). For each website you want to block, start a new line and type the same command with only the name of the website being replaced. When done, press ctrl+x and then Y to save changes.
  4. 4. Now key in the command sudo dscacheutil -flushcache and press Enter or restart your machine to make sure the websites are blocked.

How to Block Any Website On Browser Level

Blocking a website on any browser is the easiest way to get the job done.

On Firefox, you can install an addon called BlockSite to block website.

  1. Install the addon, press ctrl+shift+a, and click Extensions on the left. Now click Options under BlockSite. In the pop-up, click Add and type the name of the website you want blocked. Repeat the process for all websites you don’t want to access. Click OK.
  2. Now these websites will be blocked on Firefox. You can also set a password in BlockSite to prevent others from editing the list of blocked websites. This can be done via the options menu described in the previous step.

BlockSite is also available on Google Chrome.

Internet Explorer lets you block websites easily. Here’s how.

  • Open the browser and go to Tools (alt+x) > Internet Options. Now click the security tab and then click the red Restricted sites icon. Click the Sites button below the icon.
  • Now in the pop-up, manually type the websites you want to block one-by-one. Click Add after typing the name of each site. When done, click Close and click OK in all other windows. Now these websites will be blocked in Internet Explorer.

On your phone or tablet

How to Block Any Website On Your iPhone and iPad

Apple has some handy parental control tools that let you block certain websites. Here’s how.

  1. Go to Settings > General > Restrictions.
  2. Tap on Enable Restrictions. Now set a passcode for restrictions. This should ideally be different from the passcode you use to unlock the phone.
  3. After the passcode is set, scroll down and tap Websites. Here you can either choose to limit adult content, or allow access to specific websites only.
  4. In specific websites only, there’s a short list of allowed websites including Discovery Kids and Disney, but you can also add sites by tapping on Add a Website.
  5. If you tap Limit adult content, Apple blocks websites that are deemed objectionable, but you can whitelist websites by tapping on Add a Website under Always Allow, or blacklist them by tapping on it under Never Allow.
  6. If you try to access a blocked website, you see a message telling you it is restricted. Tap the Allow Website and key in the Restrictions passcode to open that website.

How to Block Any Website On Your iPhone and iPad

How to Block Any Website On Your Android Phone

On Android, you’ll need to edit the hosts file on your device to redirect sites you want to block. You’ll need a file manager, and a text editor – the easiest option is to use our favourite app ES File Explorer, which lets you do both things. Here’s how it works.

  1. Install ES File Explorer Open ES File Explorer and tap the “/” button at the top. Tap on system > etc.
  2. In this folder, you’ll see the hosts file – tap it and in the pop up menu, tap text. In the next pop up, tap ES Note Editor.
  3. Tap the three dots button in the top right, and tap edit.
  4. Now, you’re editing the file, and to block sites, you want to redirect their DNS. To do this, just start a new line, and type “127.0.0.1 www.blockedwebsite.com” (without the quotes, where blocked website is the name of the site you’re blocking) for each website you want to block. For example, you’ll have to type 127.0.0.1 www.google.com to block Google.
  5. Reboot your Android device.

If that method is too complex for you, you can install an anti-virus app such as Trend Micro that lets you block websites.

  1. Install the app and run it. Go to Options > Safe surfing.
  2. Now swipe to Parental Controls and click set up account. Create an account and you’ll see an option called Blocked List in the app. Tap it, and tap Add. Now add the websites you want to block one at a time. Once that is done, you won’t be able to access these websites on your Android smartphone.

How to Block Any Website On Windows Phone

You can’t do a full block of websites on Windows Phone, buy you can download the AVG Family Safety browser. By default it blocks websites with malicious or explicit content, and if you purchase an AVG anti-virus licence and create an account, you can customise the list of blocked websites.

How to Block Any Website On Your Network

If you have a Wi-Fi network in the house, then it is easier to just set up a block on unwanted websites via your Wi-Fi router. Most routers don’t have very user friendly interfaces, so this can be a little daunting, and of course, the steps can vary for each router, but the basic process you follow is pretty similar, so if you’re just a little patient, this is actually pretty easy.

Changing the wrong setting could accidentally de-activate your connection, so if you get stuck, call your ISP right away.

  1. We tried this on a Beetel 450TC1 router provided by MTNL in Delhi, and with a Binatone Router provided by Airtel. The steps were exactly the same for both. To start, you need to go to your router’s settings. Open any browser and type 192.168.1.1 in the address bar. Press Enter. Some routers use a different address, so if this doesn’t work, check and see if it is mentioned in the documentation from your ISP.
  2. Now you will have to enter a username and password. This would have been set up during the installation of your connection – defaults are usually username: admin, and password: password. If not, check with your ISP and get the correct username and password.
  3. As mentioned earlier, the interface can differ. In our MTNL router, we found that we could block websites under Access Management > Filter.
  4. Here there’s a drop-down menu called Filter type selection. We selected URL Filter and typed the website we wanted to block in the URL field below. Above this field, there is an option called Active. Here we saw two buttons, Yes and No. We selected Yes and hit Save. This blocked the website on our network.
  5. You can create 16 lists of blocked websites, each containing 16 websites, using this method, letting you block up to 256 websites. Again, this will vary from router or router.

How to Reset or Hard Reboot an iPhone or iPad

Despite all of Apple’s engineering efforts, there are some times when your iPhone or iPad stops responding to your touch and you need to reset iPhone. And no matter how long you hold down the power button, the option to power off your phone just doesn’t show up. Essentially, the iPhone or iPad has hung due to a software bug, caused by either iOS itself, or a misbehaving app. In such a case, there’s a straightforward way around the problem. That involves forcing your iPhone or iPad to restart – called a reset or hard restart, and erroneously, even hard reset iPhone by some –  by holding down a combination of two buttons for 10 seconds or more, which will then clear all running processes and well, forcibly reboot the device. It’s not recommended that you do this unless your device is frozen, but sometimes it can be an essential last resort.

Starting with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, the Home button isn’t a physical button anymore. That’s why the button combination is different on those devices, as opposed to the older models before that.

How to reset/ hard reboot on iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

This method works on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. To force your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus to hard reset aka reboot iPhone, press and hold down the Sleep/ Wake button on top of your device, and the volume down button on the side of the phone, until the screen goes black and Apple logo appears in the middle. This might take up to 20 seconds, so don’t let go until you see the Apple logo.

How to Reset or Hard Reboot an iPhone or iPadHow to reset/ hard reboot on older iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, and older iPhone models

This method works on all iPhone and iPad models, except the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. To force your iPhone or iPad to hard reboot aka reset, press and hold down the Home button (under the display) and the power button (or the Sleep/ Wake button, as Apple calls it) on top of the device, until the screen goes black and the Apple logo appears in the middle. This method works with the iPads as well.

Have you faced any problems resetting your iPhone or iPad? Tell us about your experience via the comments below.

For more tutorials, visit our How-To section.

How to Stop WhatsApp from Downloading and Saving Photos, Videos Automatically on Android, iPhone

WhatsApp is used by over a 1.2 billion people worldwide, and 200 million in India alone. In fact, it is probably one of the first apps anyone in India downloads when they get a new smartphone as it has become the default means of texting in the country. However, it can become an annoyance too when it downloads all the media files automatically, from pictures to videos to, more recently, GIFs, not to mention audio files and videos. These not only clutter your phone’s gallery and music player, but also eat up a lot of storage and data. Here’s how you can stop WhatsApp from automatically saving photos and audio on your phone.

How to Stop Auto Downloading and Saving of Pictures, Videos and Other Media on Whatsapp for Android

WhatsApp for Android has a switch that lets you stop images and videos from downloading. Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Open WhatsApp, make sure you are seeing the main window – where all your chats are displayed. Tap the three vertical dots on the top right > Settings.
  2. Now tap Chat settings > Media auto-download. You’ll see three options: When using cellular data, When connected on Wi-Fi and When roaming. Tap each one and disable auto-downloads by unchecking all three options – Images, Audio and Video.

To view photos, you will have to download them. When you do, WhatsApp saves them in a folder, and you can get inundated with stupid memes and other unwanted content, which is visible to anyone who open’s your phone’s Gallery App. However, it is possible to stop these photos from appearing in the Gallery app. Here’s how:

  1. Download Quickpic and open the app.
  2. Navigate to the WhatsApp media folders. The location of the WhatsApp folder varies across devices but it should typically be the following: Internal Storage (sometimes labelled sdcard0) > WhatsApp > Media > WhatsApp Images, > WhatsApp > Media > WhatsApp Audio, and WhatsApp > Media > WhatsApp Videos.
  3. Long-press the WhatsApp Images folder and make sure that it is selected. Do the same with the WhatsApp Video and WhatsApp Audio folders.
  4. After selecting the three folders, tap the three dots icon on the top-right > Hide. This will ensure that the Gallery app doesn’t show them. You can still view these images and videos within WhatsApp and through any apps that let you view hidden folders. But if you pass your phone to someone, you no longer need worry about them seeing the WhatsApp photos and videos through the Gallery app.

How to Stop Auto Downloading and Saving of Pictures, Videos and other Media on Whatsapp for Android

How to Stop Auto Downloading and Saving of Pictures, Videos and Other Media on WhatsApp for iPhone

You can turn off media auto-download on iPhone too via the Settings menu.

  1. Open WhatsApp and tap the Settings button at the bottom-right, and tap on Data and Storage Usage
  2. In this menu, you will see the Media Auto-Download option on top
  3. For Photos, Audio, Videos, and Documents, select the Never option

Now only the files you choose to download manually will appear on your phone, and you can even choose to stop the photos and videos from appearing the phone’s Camera Roll. All you need to do is to go to Chats in the Settings menu, open the Save to Camera Roll menu, and turn it to off. This stops the pictures people are sending from showing up in the camera roll, and taking over your synced Photo Stream.

How to Block a Contact on WhatsApp

Not saving images automatically has its advantages, but it also means that you will have to download each photo manually. If you end up downloading each and every image anyway, then it’s probably best to leave this feature active. Let us know if this tutorial helped you via the comments. For more such useful articles, visit our How to section.

How to Record iPhone Calls for Free

Recording phone calls is a pretty straightforward process on Android, but that’s not the case on iPhone. The App Store has some call recording apps, but we haven’t found any that work in India. None of the call recording apps on the US App Store which actually work are free, so you’re going to have to shell out some cash up-front if you want to record phone calls.

Now, recording phone calls is a bit of a grey area. We strongly advise against recording a phone call without permission. If you are recording a phone call, always let the person on the other end of the line know that you are doing so. You wouldn’t record a video without permission, and the same basic principles apply to recording phone calls. There are several cases, such as telephonic interviews, when recording a phone call can be very useful. It could even be to record a recipe that someone narrates over the phone or a set of instructions that you know you’ll forget. As long as the other person is fine with you recording the call, you’re good to go.

Now that you are ready to record calls, let’s start by talking about a simple hack you can try. When you are on a call on your iPhone, you can just put the phone in speaker mode and use a second phone or a voice recorder to record the conversation. The quality will be poor but at least you will have a recording. If that’s not an option, follow these steps.

How to make and receive phone calls using a Mac

The only other reliable and free way to record phone calls via an iPhone requires a Mac. Before you begin, check whether your Mac is able to make and receive calls using your iPhone. Your Mac should be on OS X Yosemite or newer, and your iPhone needs to be on iOS 8 or newer versions of the OS. Now, these steps will help you record phone calls on your iPhone via the Mac.

  1. On your iPhone, go to Settings > Phone > Calls on Other Devices.
  2. Enable Allow Calls on Other Devices.
  3. Below this, under Allow Calls On, tap the switch next to your Mac so that it turns green and is enabled.
  4. Now make sure that your iPhone and Mac are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
  5. Sign in to the same iCloud account on both devices.
  6. Sign in to FaceTime using the same iCloud account on both devices.
  7. Ensure that your iPhone is near the Mac and both devices have Bluetooth switched on.
  8. Now when you receive a call on the iPhone, you’ll see a notification on the Mac and you can answer the call on the laptop or desktop. Similarly, you can even make phone calls from the Mac.

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How to record phone calls on iPhone using a Mac

These steps will help you record phone calls via your Mac.

  1. Free software such as QuickTime didn’t work to properly record the call. Instead, download Audio Hijack on the Mac. It’s a powerful audio recording app from indie app developer Rogue Amoeba. Audio Hijack costs $49 (roughly Rs. 3,200) but the free trial lets you record for up to 20 minutes in one session.
  2. Open Audio Hijack and press Cmd + N or click Session in the top bar and select New Session.
  3. This will ask you to select a session template. Double-click Application Audio.
  4. On the left side, you will see three blocks — Application, Recorder, and Output. Click the Applicationblock and select FaceTime from the drop-down under Source.
  5. Now when you make or receive a phone call from your Mac, just hit the big record button in Audio Hijack. It’s on the bottom left of the app window.
  6. When you’re done recording hit the record button again to stop. You can access the recorded file by clicking Recordings on the bottom-right of the app window.

You can record up to 20 minutes for free, but after that the app adds a large amount of noise to the recording. To get around this, you can stop the recording before 20 minutes are up and start a new session and record again. However, if you like the app and are happy with the quality of call recordings, we advise that you support the developer by buying Audio Hijack.

This method of recording calls won’t work if you’re not in Wi-Fi range, so it’s best suited for recording when you are at home or in office. However, it works very well if you have Wi-Fi, and the quality of recordings is good too. If you’ve been looking for a way to record phone calls on your iPhone in India, this method is probably your best bet. For more tutorials, visit our How To section.

How to Backup Your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch via iTunes or iCloud

If you lose or damage your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you don’t want to be losing all of your data. Think about all of the pictures, videos, messages, passwords, and other files on your smartphone. If you lose or damage one device, you could end up losing a significant chunk of your life. There’s one easy and effective way to ensure that you never lose data — backups.

Fortunately, on iOS, backups are very easy and most people won’t need to pay anything to do this. There are two ways to backup your data — iTunes, and iCloud. This guide will walk you through both methods of backing up your data.

How to backup iPhone via iCloud

If you don’t have a PC or a Mac, backing up on iCloud may be your best option. These days 16GB iOS devices are slowly being phased out and that means most people will have a lot of data to be backed up on iCloud. The free tier on iCloud offers just 5GB of storage space and that might mean you’ll need to shell out a small sum of Rs. 65 (or $1) per month for 50GB of iCloud storage, that should be sufficient for iCloud backups and other purposes like storing your photos using the iCloud Photo Library.

Follow these steps to ensure that your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch is backed up regularly on iCloud.

  1. On your iOS 10 device, open Settings > tap your name right at the top > iCloud > iCloud Backup.
  2. Tap the button next to iCloud Backup to turn it on. If it’s green, backups are on.
  3. Tap Backup Now if you want to manually initiate a backup.

This will backup important data such as accounts, documents, Health data, etc. Backups will happen automatically when your iOS device is locked, being charged, and connected to a Wi-Fi network.

iCloud backups are preferred because they happen automatically, without you needing to do anything, which ensures that your backups are up to date.

When you sign in to another iOS device with this iCloud account, you’ll be asked whether you want to restore from a backup.

How to backup iPhone via iTunes

Backing up your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch via iTunes is a better option in many ways — it is free, it lets you backup purchased apps as well (so you don’t have to reinstall apps if you switch to a new iOS device), and doesn’t require Internet. However, it also means you’ll have to plug-in your iOS device to a PC or a Mac and install iTunes if it’s not there already. You will also need to plug-in your phone to this computer every time you want to back up the device, unless you have a computer that is on all the time and connected to the same Wi-Fi as your phone (read on for details).

Follow these steps to backup your iOS device via iTunes:

  1. Connect your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch to your PC or Mac.
  2. Open iTunes on the PC or Mac (it might launch automatically when the iPhone is connected).
  3. If you use a passcode on your iOS device, unlock it.
  4. You may see a prompt asking whether you want to trust this computer. Tap Trust.
  5. On iTunes, a tiny icon showing your iOS device will appear in the top bar. Click it.

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  6. Under Backups, click This computer.
  7. Click Back Up Now. Now iTunes will begin backing up your iOS device.
  8. Once the process is finished, you can check for backups by going to iTunes > Preferences > Deviceson your Mac. Preferences is under the Edit menu in iTunes for Windows.

You can select the Automatically sync when the iPhone is connected option for iTunes to launch automatically and backup your iPhone when it is connected to this computer.

You can also use the Sync with this iPhone over Wi-Fi to have iTunes backup your phone wirelessly, but you will need to make sure that the computer and iTunes are running for this option to work. With this option on, your iPhone will try to backup to this computer using iTunes when it is charging and connected to the same Wi-Fi network as the computer. This is convenient if it’s not possible for you to always plug-in your iPhone to your computer.

To restore from an iTunes backup, you will need to connect the iPhone/ iPad/ iPod touch to the same computer.

That’s how you can backup your iOS device. For more tutorials, visit our How To section.

How to Downgrade iOS 11 Beta to iOS 10

If you are reading this, it means you probably downloaded and installed iOS 11 beta on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and are regretting the decision. Switching back to an older version of iOS is not as simple as installing iOS 11 beta. We’ve always advised you to take a complete backup of your iOS devicebefore attempting adventurous things like switching to beta versions of iOS. If you did that, you don’t have much to worry about at all.

If you did not take a full back up, you may lose some data while downgrading to iOS 10. There’s a simple reason for this — you can’t restore your iOS 11 backup if your device is on iOS 10. So hopefully, you either backed up your device, or didn’t have any important data on the device you installed iOS 11 on. If you’re ready to revert to iOS 10 from iOS 11 beta, read on.

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These steps will help you downgrade to iOS 10 from iOS 11 beta.

  1. Be sure to check you have the latest version of iTunes.
  2. Now you need to download the iOS 10.3.3 beta restore image. This varies based on how you downloaded iOS 11 beta as there are separate links for developer beta, public beta, or Apple customer seeding. Most people – like those who followed our instructions – will have the public beta, so if you are not sure, stick to that version.
  3. You need to enter your Apple ID and password, log in, and download the image file.
  4. Connect your iOS device to your PC or Mac running iTunes.
  5. Now you need to put the iOS device in recovery mode: If you have an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, press and hold the volume down and power button on your phone until you see the recovery mode (iTunes logo with lightning cable) show up on the phone. For older iPhones, iPad, or iPod touch, press and hold the power and home button until you enter recovery mode (iTunes logo with lightning cable) show up on the phone.
  6. Once the device is in recovery mode, iTunes on your PC or Mac will show a pop-up asking whether you want to restore to an older version. On Mac, while keeping the Option key on your keyboard pressed click Restore. On Windows, while keeping the Shift key on your keyboard pressed click Restore.
  7. Select the iOS beta restore image you downloaded in step 2.
  8. To remove the iOS 11 beta and return to iOS 10, click Restore.
  9. Now the wait begins. It takes a lot of time for the process to complete. Once the restore is done, you’ll have to enter your Apple ID and password on the iOS device.
  10. After that you can choose to set it up as a new device or restore from a backup to return to the state it was in before you upgraded it to iOS 11 beta.

Do you have any questions on downgrading from iOS 11 to iOS 10? Let us know via the comments.

For more tutorials, visit our How To section.

How to Add Touchscreen Home Button on iPhone, iPad

The home button is the biggest button on iOS devices and probably the most important one. It’s a great example of what makes the iPhone and iPad so easy to use – that single button will always take you to the homescreen no matter what you’re doing. On many Android devices, home is a software button that disappears inside apps, leaving you feeling stuck, but the physical home button on iOS devices is always there. At the same time, power users can double and triple tap the button for additional functions.

Unfortunately, this extensive usage means that the home button can become unresponsive. This can really make using the device frustrating, particularly if you’re using an older device that doesn’t support gestures. If you’re facing the same problem, then you should enable the software home button option on your iOS device, and this is how you do it:

How to Add Touchscreen Home Button on iPhone, iPad

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Go to General > Accessibility
  3. Scroll down to the section labeled INTERACTION and tap on AssistiveTouch.
  4. On the next screen, toggle AssistiveTouch to the green On position.
  5. A white circle with a grey box will appear on screen. Tap this circle to expand it to a big box on screen. The square Home button at the bottom of the box functions exactly like the physical home button – you can use it to single tap, double tap, or long press the home button even if there is a hardware problem. The grey box remains visible and usable in all apps.

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This is a simple and effective fix for an unresponsive home button. Does your iOS device have an unresponsive home button? How did you deal with this problem? Let us know via the comments. For more tutorials, head to our How To section.

New iPhone Lock Screen Exploit Lets You Access Contacts, Photos Without Passcode

New iPhone Lock Screen Exploit Lets You Access Contacts, Photos Without PasscodeA new lock screen bypass has been discovered that allows iPhone users to view contact and photo albums on the iPhone SE, iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6s Plus without unlocking the devices with a passcode or Touch ID fingerprint. Miguel of iDeviceHelp in a YouTube video showed the exploit taking advantage of unauthenticated access to Siri via the lock screen, and Siri’s access to contacts and photos.

Notably, this is not the first lock screen bypass exploit discovered by users as earlier this year a similar exploit saw users gaining access of the device without Touch ID or passcode. There are several examples of lock screen bypass reported by users on iPhones every year that offer access to Photos, contacts, or entire device without actually unlocking the smartphone.

The new exploit however does require a very particular set of circumstances. For one, Siri should be enabled on the lock screen which helps you gain access to Photos and Contacts without unlocking the device. The attacker should have an extra iPhone to help in gaining access to Photos and Contacts on the locked iPhone.
To begin with, Miguel asks Siri on the locked iPhone “Who am I” on which Siri responds with the details of the user. Once the contact number is available, Miguel does a FaceTime from another iPhone to the iPhone which is locked. From the FaceTime call screen, he chooses Messages on which few message options appear including a custom message option. After the Message app launches, Miguel turns on the VoiceOver option via Siri.

For next few steps, the timing of screen tap is crucial and users may not succeed in just first few attempts. Miguel explains that user has to double tap on the contact info bar while on Message page, and at the same time hold the second tap on the bar. At the same point, user will have to click on the keyboard which should start the exploit. After the exploit works, users should get the text field for contacts after which users can type letters to gain access to contacts stored on the iPhone via the “i” info button located next to the contact. It’s worth noting that the iPhone remains locked during the entire exploit. A lock icon is visible on the status bar, indicating the locked status of the phone.
Despite the phone being locked, apart from gaining access to contacts via the Message interface, users can also gain access to photos on the iPhone. For gaining access to Photos, users will have to tap on the “Create new account” option seen inside the Contacts. Once the process to add the new contact begins, users can tap on the “Add photo” to the contact option and the phone offers options to either “Choose Photo” or “Take Photo.” On tapping the Choose Photo option, the user can gain access to the Photos stored in the device. We tried using the exploit on an iPhone 6s and we succeeded gaining access to Contacts and Photos.

Apple Insider points out that the new exploit can be done on the iPhone SE, iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6s Plus running iOS 10.2 and above. Though, another YouTube channel has claimed that the new exploit can be used to gain access on any iPhone running iOS 8.0 and above.

Apple is yet to comment on the exploit but till then we would recommend users to disable Siri on the lock screen to make it impossible for attackers to gain access, even if the device is locked.

Coolmuster iPad iPhone iPod to computer transfer

Undoubtedly iPhones are just unmatchable in terms of user experience. It hardly takes any effort or time to transfer stuffs from PCs or any other platforms to the iPhones. However, the reverse might not be as smooth as the earlier. In many cases it has been seen people struggling on this matter. However, as long as you are having tools like Coolmuster transference from iPhones to computer systems is never too difficult.

Coolmuster is a terrific stuff that can deal with entire range of iPhones. Not only the music or video transfer, it can efficiently handle tasks like data recovery (texts, contacts, etc).

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Convenient way to transfer music from your iPhone to Windows computers

The simple steps given below you can easily transfer music from iPhone to computers. You jut need to ensure there is coolmuster available with you. Here the Windows edition has been taken in to account.

Step
Install the program and connect your iPhone with the computer:

Have your coolmuster tool ready, and go for installing it. After the completion of installation run it on your PC. Now it’s time to connect your idevice with the computers. Don’t worry; the program finds the idevice spontaneously. Upon failing to detect your device, go for a simple refresh and you can have it. You will be made available with the interface.

Have a look and select the files you want to transfer:

Now with the interface you can spot distinct folders at the left hand side. As you want to export music, tap on ‘Music’ the songs you wish to transfer. You can select them all and go for batch transfer as well. Now just click ‘Export’ at the top and the music you selected will be immediately shifted to your computer.

If you wish to sync with a new idevice, then it can be done very easily just by linking the devices with the computers and making these synced with the iTunes.

Transferring the videos from your iPhoen to Computers:

Coolmuster is a great product through which you can transfer videos from iPhones to computers through some very simple steps. It can deal with any file types and can transfer your stuffs from iPhone to your Windows PCs.

Step 1

Install the program and connect the iPhone with the computer

Coolmuster tool is always available there to transfer videos to both Windows editions. First just connect your idevice with the system. You can find a desktop icon there; have a double click on it.

Step 2

Export your videos from iPhones to computers

You can find ‘Movie’ or ‘Camera Roll’ at the left of the screen that appears for you. Click on it, and you will be having your entire movies and videos at the right of the interface.

Have a look and pick all those you want to take. Now you can find the ‘Export’ button there. Have a click on it, and your chosen files will be exported.

In the same way you can easily transfer your movies from iPhones to PCs.