If you see a Wi-Fi network with this name, stay far away!
Be careful with the name you use for your WiFi. A researcher has identified a particular string that, when used for a Wi-Fi network name, all the way disable your iPhone’s ability to connect to the Internet. The reveal will come a few weeks later another similar Wi-Fi name that could trigger the bizarre bug was revealed. However, this latest bug is more annoying than there is currently no solution for the wifi shutdown glitch.
In fact, the same researcher discovered both names of Wi-Fi networks. Both completely ruin your iPhone’s ability to connect to the Internet. After connecting to the network, your iPhone will reboot itself immediately. When it’s turned back on, the Wi-Fi switch in the Settings menu will be turned “off” and you won’t be able to turn it back on.
Tapping the icon works for a while – before it straight away returns to the “off” position.
Not only are you limited to mobile internet, but because your Wi-Fi is turned off, you lose some useful iPhone features, including AirDrop and AirPlay.
Security researcher Carl Schou shared his finding on Twitter, which states that if an iPhone comes within range of a Wi-Fi network called %secretclub%power, you lose the ability to connect to Wi-Fi, stream music via AirPlay, and more. Worse, the latest bug is even more damaging than Schou’s previous discovery.
While the first Wi-Fi name, %p%s%s%s%s%n, caused the iPhone to reboot and unable to connect to the internet… resetting the network settings usually fixed the bug. That is, of course, a tedious process.
If you reset network settings, you will need to re-enter all Wi-Fi network passwords.
But the latest Wi-Fi network name – %secretclub%power – cannot be recovered by resetting your network settings. ouch.
“Seriously, I still don’t have WiFi,” researcher Carl Schou tweeted about the new bug.
Unless you’re living with the kind of prankster who thinks this is fun to do… it seems unlikely you’ll come across this very often. We’re sure Apple will work on a fix for this, but in the meantime, it’s worth swapping out Wi-Fi networks with % symbols in their names.
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