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How to prevent your phone from being hacked
What phone hackers hope to achieve from hacking your phone
- Financial gain : Money transfer by phone is
becomming popular. This means that money can be taken from your
account and transferred into another by sms. A Phone hacking guru can get spy
and get information required to initiate transactions from your phone.
- Spy on you: A hacker can also gain access and take over for cell phone
spying and remote mobile phone hacking. Literally, once secured, the hacker
can have the phone call him, and then be able to listen to all conversations
going on around the owner of the phone.
- Access your private information: And as we have been reading, phone
hackers what to keep ahead of other in gossip! - http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2009/jul/08/murdoch-papers-phone-hacking
Common ways phone hackers use to hack phones
The commonly used phone hacking methods are use of spyware and account
Phone hackers could secretly install on a victim's computer spyware that
gives them access to not only the contents of the hard drive, but also the
victim's private information such as passwords. Malware is fairly
simple to install and can be sent to the victim without her or his knowledge via
an e-mail, or user is tricked into downloading them.
These spyware programs are generally designed to go around
internet security applications.
Usually, an account takeover can be
an especially troublesome problem. A phone hacking crook can send impersonating
mails to obtain more information from your close friends and family or even
trick your contacts to send you money.
What Can You Do to Prevent Phone Hacking?
Eliminating phone hacking is impossible, but you can reduce chances of ever
being phone hacked by observice a few rules:
1. Prevent phone hacking through Passwords
Here are some password tips to reduce chances of being phone hacked:
- Turn on password protection for your voice mail.
- Never use the same password for more than one account.
- Change your phone's default passwords.
- Avoid passwords that are easy to guess e.g: your birth year (Can easily be found on your Facebook page).
- Change your system passwords on a regular basis.
2. Switch off your phone
This is not the most popular option, but if you don't need to be reachable at
all the times, consider this option.
3. Keep your phone updated
New phone hack prevention mechanism are released now and then as phone
companies try to keep up with phone hack prevention. Its a good idea to keep
your phone updated.
4. Phone security
Safeguard the physical location of your phone and related computer equipment.
Consider anti-theft software like this one https://www.avast.com/anti-theft.
With this software you can do the following:
1.Remotely lock your phone by sending sms
2.Remotely format/wipe your phone by sending sms
3.You will get the location and information of the new sim inserted in the
5. Turn off Bluetooth
Most phone hacking is done via bluetooth .Turn off bluetooth service when not
6. Turn off voice mail service running on your provider
Some providers allow access to your voice mail without requiring a password provided that the calling number (Caller ID) is
This is usually to make their service easier to use for the intended persons. A hacker can spoof your number and call the
voice mail number on your provider and operate your voice mail as though it was his own without the need to even know your
password! Call your provider and either ask them to require authentication regardless of the caller ID.
Spoofing your number is easy. There are a dozen websites that offer the service at a small fee.
7. Install an antivirus on your phone
Smart phone are now sophisticated just like our laptops. They can be installed with numerous programs because their capabilities. This gives viruses and malware to thrive
. To protect your phone from risk of hacking, install an anti-virus. Find a list of '15 best antivirus for your Androip Phones' (from www.androidauthority.com).
8. Use secure wifi links
Using wifi links which are not secure allows hackers to have a link to your phone. They can then start employing their tools of trade against your phone.
9. Avoid installing apps that you don't need or source cannot be trusted
Some apps available on the internet cannot be trusted. They may contain malware or suspicious code that may be used to remote control your phone or even install third party software which you may not have control over.
As they say, all systems can be broken into, given time. The best that we do is to make it difficult for potential hackers
to get to your protected zone.
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