The Apple Security Alert Scam: How to Get Rid of It

Abeerah Hashim  - Security Expert
Last updated: November 10, 2023
Read time: 7 minutes

Know all there is to know about this scam and how to get rid of it.


Malicious actors and hackers usually send such pop-up messages. Fraudulent alerts may lead victims to disclose their private information to hackers or even install certificates on their Apple devices. In the past, these messages were few and far between, but they are spreading like wildfire these days. However, avoiding them is straightforward. And even if you’ve fallen victim to these, there’s an easy fix.

The loyal bunch of Apple users (Mac computers, iPhones, and iPads) have lately found how their systems annoy them with an Apple Security Alert pop-up message. The supposed reason for this pop-up is to inform the user that the device in question is hacked, infected with a digital threat, or that important information is at risk.

The message is well done and looks legitimate, but it’s a scam. It’s meant to make the users afraid enough to cough up some money and personal data and help unwittingly to spread malware.

While the message looks legitimate, it’s essential to remember that sending security warnings has never been Apple’s cup of tea. It’s a fake. If you come across it, you should avoid clicking on its content, and you must never follow the instructions it issues. Your device is fine, and the only risk, in this case, is you falling for a scam.

This article will tell you what this thing is, how it accomplishes a nefarious goal, and how to get rid of it once and for all.

The quick guide to protecting your device from pop-up scams

  1. Get a good antivirus suite. TotalAV works well in both iOS and macOS if you’d want us to recommend one.