This web page is crashing people's iPhones – but is it dangerous?

By Kirstin Buick
26 January 2016

Be on the lookout for this "prank" doing the rounds on social media today.

CrashSafari.com is really all it's cracked up to be. Users are reporting the site wreaking havoc on their phones and Mac browsers.

Thankfully, the foolish good folks at Huffington Post tested it out so we didn't have to. The outlet confirmed that the page will crash an iPhone 6S and an iPhone 5S running iOS version 9.2.1 and a regular iPhone 6 running iOS 9.2.

"In other words, if you're using a recent iPhone or one running the latest version of iOS," tech editor Damon Beres concluded, "you're probably at risk."

When clicking on the website, they discovered it will look as though it's loading, then crash Safari (the iOS browser) or force you phone to reboot.

"Depending on your settings, you might lose some tabs, but it won't do anything to damage your device otherwise," he explained.

"Crashsafari.com is annoying but won't compromise your personal information."

The problem, though is that troll's are linking to CrashSafari.com on Twitter (which automatically shortens and changes the link so you won't recognise it) or another link shortener.

The bottom line? Be very selective about what links you click on today.

Sources: Huffington Post, 9to5mac.com

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