If you've received an Amazon Alexa device for the holidays, be careful when setting up. There is a new Fake Alexa setup app on the iOS App Store that does not bode well.
As highlighted by 9to5Mac, the app "Setup for Amazon Alexa" quickly climbs into the Top Free App charts and even finds the sixth place in the Utilities field. Oof.
The good news is that it does not seem to be as bad as it could be because it does not promptly ask for your Amazon username and password, which could be catastrophic for many users (this This is a good time to mention that you should always use 2FA for your Amazon account!). Instead, you'll simply be asked for the IP address and serial number of your Alexa device. What they do with this information is still the bigger question. Even more disturbing is that the developer of this app, One World Software, has some other questionable apps in the App Store – "Marketplace – Buy / Sell" and "Any Font for Instagram", the earlier version being the same colors as Facebook having. Shady, shady crap.
As always, pay attention to what you install. If you try to set up a new Alexa device, Amazon will always be the developer of the application (the exact name is AMZN Mobile). If it's someone else, it's not the right app. And if you're looking for help setting up your Amazon Echo (or other Alexa device), we've covered it.
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