Gone are the days when celebrities were the only people who had to worry about cell phone hackers. Times have changed, anyone who owns a cell phone can become a victim of phone hacking.
What Is Phone Hacking?
The practice of acquiring unauthorized access to private data which is being stored on someone else’s phone. There are a few different types of hacking methods that phone hackers use when they are targeting a phone.
1. Hacking into data which is stored on a cell phone
2. Hacking into a live conversation
3. Hacking into someone’s voice mail
Reasons Why You May Be Targeted By A Phone Hacker:
1. The hacker wants to get your online banking info
2. The hacker may be a jealous boyfriend/girlfriend who wants to hack into a live conversation
You don’t have to be a rich person or a famous celebrity to become a victim of a phone hacker. Many of us store lots of sensitive data on our phones. This is all the motivation that a person may need to carry out the act.
Phone hackers can install hacking software on your phone which will give them the ability to get all the login information that you may have on your phone.
Read your text messages, emails and delete data from your phone.
How To Protect Your Phone From Hackers:
I will tell you some things you can do to protect your phone from hackers. There are some basic things you can do which will make it a bit more difficult for a hacker to gain access to your phone.
You must never leave your phone out of sight. You must always keep your phone with you when you’re out in public. You must protect your credit card data and your PIN number.
You should use a protected app to store your credit card info and PIN numbers. Or don’t store them on your phone at all.
Your Bluetooth Security is important. You must avoid using unprotected Bluetooth networks and your Bluetooth service should be turned off when you’re not using it.
You must change the default password on your phone. It’s likely that your phone came with a simple/predictable password.
So you should change your password and when you change it, you must try to avoid using a simple password such as “0000” or “1234” because it would be easy for a hacker to guess this type of password. You must use a more complex password.
Advanced Tips To Prevent Phone Hacking:
If you’ve done everything that I mentioned thus far and you would like to do a bit more to protect your phone, then you should follow the tips below.
Turn off the autocomplete feature on your phone. When you do this, you will prevent your phone from storing this type of personal data which can be accessed at a later time by a hacker.
You should not use unsecured public WiFi. Phone hackers will target public places such as coffee shops, grocery stores, and subway stations.
Or anywhere else where they can gain access to an unsecured public WiFi. Phone hackers will have the ability to hack into the phones of everyone who connected to the unsecured public WiFi.
Last but not least you can use a security app such as Norton Mobile Security.