01/08/22: How to prevent phone hacking and protect your cell phone

Traditionally a headache reserved for celebrities, smartphone-hacking concerns have crossed the VIP vs. everyone else blood-brain barrier and are now a legitimate concern for anyone who owns a cell phone.

But is this really a serious problem for us regular folks? Are our voicemail messages so interesting that someone would invade our privacy to listen in? Before we go barking up the narcissism tree, it’s best to examine what phone hacking is and whether you really need to worry about it.

The Security Risks of Phone Hacking

There are many types of phone hacking methods, ranging from hacking into a live conversation or into someone’s voicemail, and to hacking into data stored on one’s smartphone. While the fear of the unknown can keep anyone on edge, the person most likely to hack into your live conversation or voicemail will be someone that you already know, and in today’s mobile world, phone hacking continually grows as a security issue. As people increasingly store sensitive data on their mobile devices, the opportunity to exploit privacy weaknesses becomes more tempting to unscrupulous frenemies, exes or the occasional stranger.

 

There is a cottage industry of phone hacking software, ostensibly developed for legal uses, but that can be easily abused by anyone (password crackers aptly named John the Ripper and Cain and Abel are two examples). Opportunistic hackers can wreak havoc with data deletion or install malicious software that gathers bank account logins and confidential business emails. So, how can you make things tougher for hackers?

How to Secure Your Phone From Hackers

If you want to be proactive, there are several measures you can take to protect yourself against phone hacking, most of which involve common sense. In addition, there are advanced methods to ensure that your phone is as secure as possible (without losing its full functionality). For example:

Basic Phone Security Tips

For casual phone users, adhering to the basics is a great place to start when it comes to blocking simple hacking efforts:

 

  • Never leave your phone unattended. Keeping your phone with you at all times while in a public place is the first, best rule to follow.
  • Change your phone’s default passcode. Your phone likely comes with a simple, predictable default password, and those who know can use this to their advantage. Change your code to something more complex, and resist the usual “1234,” “0000” and “2580” codes that are commonly used.
  • Protect your PIN and Credit Card data. Use a protected app to store PIN numbers and credit cards, or better yet, don’t store them in your phone at all.

 

Advanced Ways to Prevent Phone Hacking

 

  • If you’re still worried about hacking, there are further steps you can take to protect yourself. However, taking things too far will defeat the purpose of having a smartphone at all.
  • Avoid unsecured public WiFi. Hackers often target important locations such as bank accounts via public WiFi that can often be unsecured due to relaxed safety standards or even none at all.
  • Turn off your autocomplete feature. By doing this, you can prevent stored critical personal data from being accessed.
  • Regularly delete your browsing history, cookies, and cache. Removing your virtual footprint is important in minimizing the amount of data that can be harvested by prying eyes.
  • Have an iPhone? Enable Find My iPhone. By turning the feature on in your settings, you’ll be able to locate your phone if you misplace it before the hackers can lay their paws on it.

 

 

Remember—if the thought of hacking has you tossing and turning at night, you can just turn the phone off, remove the battery and hide it under your pillow for some sweet lithium-ion induced dreams. Or, you can double down on securing your mobile devices with mobile security solutions offering secure web browsing and real-time defense against phishing attacks.

 

Please answer the questions.

  1. Have you ever been hacked? What happened?
  2. Which are some of the ways hackers can be dangerous to society?
  3. Which are some of the ways that they can be useful to society?

 

Taken from 

https://www.webroot.com/us/en/resources/tips-articles/how-to-prevent-phone-hacking-and-sleep-like-a-baby-again

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Comentarios

  1. John Curi escribió:

    1. Hopefully, I’ve never been hacked. I remember that many years ago, my little sister was hacked into a cyber café, and lost her Facebook account.
    2. Hackers may be dangerous if they can access our bank accounts, they can rob our savings got with our hard work. Also personal information about our health, family members, photographs, etc. They may use this information to blackmail us.
    3. Hackers may be used to help find criminals, hacking into a live conversation or into a criminal’s voicemail and hacking into data stored so these can be used as evidence when they’ll be in court. Hackers can also find people who are hidden from justice, they can find their smartphones. I think police officers must recruit hackers, so they can help eliminate dangerous people in this society.

  2. Ana Roncal escribió:

    1. Many years ago my email account was hacked. They couldn’t access any of my accounts, but it was ugly because my account was blocked for almost a month.

    2. Through hacking into state security systems. Whether personal information or data change. It can become very dangerous.

    3. For example, when the Pandemic happened, it was important to keep track of people with whom the patient had been related. One way to do this could be with a network of cameras that scan and store information on each user.

  3. Christian Orozco escribió:

    1. I usually use difficult to predict passwords and constant changes. So far it has not suffered any hacking attacks.
    2. There are many ways in which hackers affect society such as stealing private information such as bank account numbers, passwords, private phone numbers, all for criminal purposes and taking advantage of this misuse of information.
    3. Using the services of a hacker to recover forgotten passwords or break into damaged operating systems is a useful good practice in society.

  4. Mariela Roldán escribió:

    1. So far I have not been hacked but I have been tried several times, especially my email account since I have received notifications that someone wanted to access it. I also often receive fraudulent messages to my cell phone with the purpose of stealing my password to access my bank accounts.
    2. Hackers can do a lot of harm to society because they can easily steal our passwords to our emails or social networks and access our personal information to give it to criminals. They are also capable of publishing sensitive information from one country that can be used by another to provoke a war between nations.
    3. I believe that society could use the technical skills of hackers to generate new security protocols in companies so that our personal information can be protected.

  5. Sarita De la Cruz escribió:

    Now that I remember, one day a long time ago when it was not very common to have internet at home, I went to a public cabin, and I forgot to close the messenger. It was terrible and embarrassing, another person changed my greeting phrase to an offensive message. After that I am more careful.
    Yes, some forms are dangerous for society, for example, when a private conversation is shown only out of curiosity to outsiders.
    It can be useful, for example, to investigate a criminal fact where it is necessary for the police or an institution to intervene.

  6. Roger escribió:

    1. No. I’ve never been hacked, maybe it’s because I don’t use social networks much, and I try to be careful in some banking operations.
    2. Hackers can be dangerous to society when they attack people’s privacy by hacking into someone’s live chat or voicemail, hacking into data stored on smartphones like bank accounts, etc.
    3. Here is phone hacking, which is developed for legal uses, known as ethical hackers who seek to make computer systems secure.

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