How To Prevent Someone From Hacking Your Phone:
Putting a password on your phone will significantly reduce your chances of someone gaining access to your phone and installing a spying app on it.
In many cases, spying apps are installed by people who are close to you so you should choose a strong password that they will not be able to guess.
Check the apps on your phone and look for newly installed apps that you don’t recognize and uninstall them.
How To Prevent Someone From Hacking Your iPhone:
If you have an iPhone you should not jailbreak it because it becomes much less secure. When an iPhone isn’t jailbroken, all the apps that are installed will be visible.
However, if it has been jailbroken it becomes more difficult to find spy apps that are installed on the phone because the spy apps hide deep in the program files of the phone.
If you have an iPhone that isn’t jailbroken it will also prevent someone from downloading a spying app on your phone because this type of software that will tamper with the system functions will not be allowed on the Apple App Store.
Whether you have an iPhone or an Android phone you can also use a program such as Norton Mobile Security which will prevent spy apps from being installed on your phone.
SS7 Phone Network Is Vulnerable:
Some years ago a vulnerability was discovered in a communication protocol from mobile networks around the world. The SS7 vulnerability allowed hackers to spy on phone calls, text messages, and locations.
The worst thing is, the only thing the hacker needed was the victim’s cell phone number to be able to get all this information.
If you have two-factor authentication setup via your online banking account and you are trying to login.
As a result of the SS7 vulnerability, a hacker may be able to intercept the authentication code via the text message and gain access to your bank account.
Security researcher Karsten Nohl stated that intelligence agencies and law enforcement agencies use the SS7 vulnerability to intercept cell phone data.
As a result of this, they do not want this vulnerability to be fixed.
Unless you’re the CEO of an extremely successful company, a famous entertainer, or a political leader. It’s highly unlikely that someone will hack your phone via the SS7 vulnerability.
How To Protect Yourself From The SS7 vulnerability:
You can use an end-to-end encrypted message service which works through the internet and bypasses the SS7 protocol.
Programs such as Wickr Me, Signal, and WhatsApp are secure because they encrypt phone calls and messages which prevents a third party from intercepting them.
Beware Of Unsecured Wi-Fi Networks:
If you’re trying to connect to the internet and you find an unsecured Wi-Fi network that does not require a password, you should be cautious.
Hackers on an unsecured Wi-Fi network can see all its unencrypted traffic and they can redirect you to a fictitious banking site which was designed to capture your login information.
Someone who lives in close proximity to a popular coffee shop can easily set up an open Wi-Fi network and name it after the coffee shop in an attempt to intercept some sensitive information from unsuspecting victims.
A tech-savvy person can download the software needed to intercept and analyze Wi-Fi traffic to get this type of information.
Protecting Yourself From Unsecured Wi-Fi Networks:
When connecting to the internet you should only use a secure network where all traffic is encrypted by default. This will prevent a third party from viewing your Wi-Fi signal.
You can get a VPN app which will encrypt your cell phone traffic. A VPN service such as SurfEasy provides 500MB of free traffic.
If you do not have a VPN app and you absolutely have to connect to a public network, you should avoid entering any private information.
If you’re on a website that requires your private information you should not enter it unless you see “https” at the beginning of the URL with a lock icon next to it. This means that the site is secure.
Your Google Account Or iCloud Account Can Be Hacked:
If your Google account or your iCloud account gets hacked, the hacker will have access to all the information that you have backed up in your account.
Private information such as call logs, phone books, videos, photos, your current location and more will all be accessible.
Gaining access to nude photos and videos of regular people are not valuable to cybercriminals. However, if a cybercriminal can get some nude photos or videos of an attractive celebrity, they may be able to make some decent money with it.
If your Gmail account gets hacked, and this is your primary email account. The hacker may be able to gain access to your social media accounts such as Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, and more.
To do this, the hacker only needs your email address your phone number or physical access to your phone is not needed.
If you use your name in your primary email address which you used to sign up for Google/iCloud along with a weak password.
It would not be that difficult for a tech-savvy hacker to gain access to your email account.
Protect Your Google/iCloud Account From Being Hacked:
You must create a strong password for these accounts. You should use two-factor authentication for these accounts so if a hacker discovers your password they would not be able to access your account without having access to your phone.
When you’re setting up your security question you should not rely on information that’s easily accessible on the internet. Or information that’s known by your family and friends.
It’s okay to lie when setting up your security questions, as long as you can remember this information.
The FBI has been tapping cell phones in an attempt to gather information during the course of criminal investigations.
StingRays mimic cell phone towers while forcing the cell phone to drop their carrier connection and connect to the StingRay instead.
This gives the person/people on the other end the ability to monitor text messages and calls made by these phones. The number of all incoming and outgoing calls will be monitored as well as the location of the phone.
Due to the fact that StingRays have a radius of roughly 1km. When the FBI is monitoring a person’s phone in a congested location this often results in a large number of unsuspecting people getting their phones tapped in the process.
Before 2015, warrants were not required for StingRay call phone tracking. However, there are some states in the US that no longer allow this type of technology to be used unless a criminal investigation is taking place.
Currently, there are many agencies who do not obtain warrants before using StingRays.
Even though the average law-abiding citizen may not be the target of a StingRay operation. It makes me wonder what these agencies do with the private data they acquired from people who they were not targeting.
Protect Yourself From The StingRay:
You should use voice call apps and encrypted messaging, especially if you are in a situation in which you believe the government has a reason to spy on you.
There are a few different programs you can use to protect your privacy, these programs include WhatsApp, Signal, and Wickr Me.
These programs encrypt your messages and calls which prevents a third party from intercepting them.
Now you know how to tell if your phone is hacked, you should use the information that I’ve provided here to keep your private information safe and secure.
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