21/11/22: 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?


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  1. Jorge Mendoza escribió:

    Rather than answering the questions, I am going to give my opinion in reference. The use of mobile devices in our personal work activities involves accepting a protocol that guarantees the security of the information we share through these means.

    The indiscriminate use without official control of electronic equipment and chips has overwhelmed the security of detention centers. Inmates can technically park at a level of care of 24x7x365 to the different possible aspects of breaking in exchange for a small monthly fee or security quota. In a kind of combo designed for personal, family or business coverage.

    In an advanced mode, the instruction of confidential information allows access to the bank accounts of each regular user of public networks in commercial and entertainment establishments.

    The level of extreme emotionality of social networks has ended up taking over the bills by that vulnerable mass of digital users pigeonholed in a parallel universe like sheep distracted to their fate so that an invisible hand can channel them for the benefit of certain ideologies or currents of opinion contrary to human essence.

    In conclusion, rather than protecting the equipment and tools we use, we must promote the psychic-emotional balance of users beyond the virtual environment, socializing in The Real World.

  2. María Eugenia escribió:

    I´ve never been hacked, but I know many cases of that. For example: I know people who have been victims of Phishing and swim swapping. It´s terrible when a hacker help bad people to steal money from innocents. It can damage the society and the trust that people have to the banks.
    Instead of steal money, they can find the vulnerabilites that some website have and help them to improve or explain in simple ways how to avoid that terrible situation.

  3. Fredy Eloy Vizcarra Villegas escribió:

    hello, good evening, on some occasion I had the problem that someone was checking my chat messages, I don’t know how they did it, but if it’s uncomfortable that someone is listening to your conversations, frankly it’s scary. The hacker problem is dangerous and beneficial for society, because it puts your security and privacy at risk, it is unpleasant for them to enter your bank accounts, your personal messages, that is a crime in our country, the problem is that it is not sanctions severely, nor is it known who are engaged in this type of activity, because the only way to prevent it is through some security mechanisms that each of us keep in mind, not exposing ourselves too much in insecure cyberspaces, or permanently changing security keys; although the same law also authorizes that cybercriminals can be listened to or monitored, but all this under the control of the authorities, in that sense, one would only have to use those web pages that are safe or at least protected, we hope that this problem does not get worse, but is under control, that would be my opinion, thank you.

    Eloy Vizcarra

  4. Jose Ney Díaz Fernández escribió:

    Good evening, every day it becomes more worrying the hacking of cell phones and it becomes a necessity to protect them because in most jobs, this device has become a working tool. Luckily perhaps, I have not been hacked, but it is worrying to hear the testimonies of those who suffered this problem, usually invade the privacy of the person or vace their accounts, among other damages.
    Hackers are dangerous for society, much more in one like ours. Depending on the objective they pursue, they can invade a person’s privacy, listen to their conversations, as it happens in political or business matters. They are also dangerous, when they violate and enter your bank accounts and steal all your money.
    On the other hand, trying to see aspects in which they could be useful for society, I dare to mention in those investigation processes linked to corruption cases to find evidence and sanction the fault. It could be to counteract the attacks of unscrupulous, creating computer barriers for the safety of people, for example to reduce child pornography promoted through social networks or other computer media.
    This motivates to take greater care during the use of a cell phone, avoiding connection to unsecured public WiFi networks, regularly deleting browsing history, cookies, cache memory, among other security precautions.

  5. Estelista Centeno escribió:

    Please answer the questions.
    1. Have you ever been hacked? What happened?
    I have not been hacked before but some friends of mine have been hacked. One of them was stolen of all the money he had in his bank account.
    2. What are some of the ways hackers can be dangerous to society?
    I believe that the most dangerous way is that they leave all your bank accounts empty, including the availability of lines of credit on credit cards.
    And others more, in which they obtain sensitive information from the accounts of a company such as assets and equity level.
    Both ways all are called pishing.
    3. What are some of the ways they can be useful to society?
    I think they would be useful to society, helping to combat their peers. Creating really strong programs that prevent cyber fraud.

  6. Karina Vega Vicente escribió:

    Hello! A few years ago I made some purchases online and they directed me to a page to pay and I put my card information. Within minutes I realized that I had been robbed. I made my claim to the bank, and I spent several weeks trying to get a refund, finally, as my card had insurance, I managed to get my money back.

    Nowadays we have the information on the cell phone, the simple fact of losing the cell phone or having it stolen is a very high risk of extracting the bank accounts very quickly. It is very important to have insurance on the cards, place protection on the cell phone such as find my iphone or not connect to unknown wireless networks.
    About the ways that can be useful for society, people who have these skills and techniques in technology should use it to create antivirus, or work in companies that support their protection.

  7. Wendy Daniela Pérez Paredes escribió:

    Have you ever been hacked? What happened?
    I have never been hacked, but many times my cellphone has been stolen, and I was worried about my personal information, because nowadays we save everything in our phones and it is very dangerous, thieves can steal everything only use your phone.
    Which are some of the ways hackers can be dangerous to society?
    Hackers could use the sensitive information in order to damage the society, for example they can generate a cybernetic war if they achieve to enter in the system of the USA army and they could cause many people to die. The information is the most valuable in this time. You can control everything from your computer.
    Which are some of the ways that they can be useful to society?
    Hackers are very useful when there is no information for example a crime as a murder or a kidnapping. They can enter in any computer and track the movements of the criminals.

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