Did You Know That Your Phone Can Be Hijacked?

Yep, your cell phone can easily be hijacked – taken over by criminals.  And, this isn’t just phone calls, but EVERYTHING on your phone – emails, bank information, photos, etc., Everything is vulnerable.  So, what do you have on your phone?  Anything that is sensitive? 

With information available online, it is not difficult to get confidential information.  After all, now we are not giving out our full Social Security Numbers but are usually asked for only the last four digits.  Four digits are easier to determine rather than nine.  With just a little information, hackers can contact your phone provider and pretend to be you.  How hard would it be? 

So, what is the outcome if this happens?  The hijacker would request the carrier to transfer the information from your old phone to a new phone which is in control of the hijacker.  Then your old phone goes dead – no service!

So, who is at risk?  Anyone and everyone.  And the sad thing is that there is nothing you can do to stop it.  High tech geeks have had their phones hijacked. 

What can you do to prevent being a victim of hijacking?  Much the same as you do with your home electronics – don’t open strange emails, make certain passwords are long and complicated, don’t publish your phone number especially on social media accounts.  Specific to your phone, use a PIN for verifications purposes and two-factor authentication if possible.  

And, if you are the victim of phone hijacking, evidenced by your phone not receiving service, says “no service”, “no network” or “emergency calls only”, contact your service provider immediately. 

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Kay Sowa

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Kay Sowa is a paralegal in the Trusts and Estates Group at Capehart & Scatchard, P.A. She is an IRS Enrolled Agent, an Accredited Estate Planner®, and a Certified Trust and Financial Advisor. She oversees the trust and estate administration practice for the firm. She is an accomplished author and lecturer who has frequently spoken on behalf of a number of organizations including the National Business Institute and the Institute of Paralegal Education.

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