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Post Date:01/31/2019 2:37 PM

Hackers have found a way to take control of your cell phone by cloning the sim card in your phone
to gain access to personal information.

 FTC SIM Swapping

How can you tell if your phone is being hacked?

  • Your phone will stop working. You will not be able to send or receive text messages and calls.
  • If the attacker has successfully redirected your phone number, your device will practically void its communication capabilities.
  • You can contact the provider to inquire if a SIM activation has been requested.
  • Certain mobile carriers will also send an email confirmation of the SIM swap, verifying that this was made by the account holder.

Protect yourself!

  • Avoid relying on SMS for primary communication as the data is not encrypted.
  • Keep personal information utilized for protecting accounts private.
  • Verify the types of alerts set up for each account to identify false logon attempts.
  • Utilize the offer from every major US cell phone provider to set up an account PIN or pass code separate from the number.
  • Enable two-factor authentication (2FA) for social media, credit card, and bank accounts.
  • Download authenticator apps, such as Google Authenticator and Authy, to link the physical mobile device.
  • Remove mobile phone numbers from accounts that do not require one.

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