How Does a Criminal Hack a Cell Phone?

Most people would be truly alarmed if they understood how easily criminals can hack into their cell phones and retrieve personal and potentially damaging information. Criminals today have devices that allow them to hack into your cell phone with just your phone number. In fact, with this technology, they can also listen to your calls, read your emails, text messages, access your photos and any other information you store on your phone. They can even retrieve your password to your online bank account.

Encrypt your calls and messages – preventing hackers, competitors and others from accessing them.

While hacked phones and communications is a concern for individuals, it is a major concern for enterprises and SMBs worldwide as well. Mobile phones today are used across businesses, and sensitive, corporate data is shared daily  over calls and messages, as well as stored on the devices. A hacked phone can mean significant loss of intellectual property, financial data, customer information, HR data, executive protection, physical safety, business strategy, investments, transactions and much more.

What makes this situation more frightening is the fact that phone hacking instructions can be found on the internet for any dishonest person to access. It is crucial for individuals and organizations to to set up security for mobile phones and communications. In this past year alone, more than a billion cell phones have been hacked due to the fact that they were unprotected, according to experts. Most cell phone owners weren’t even aware they could install security for mobile phones.

In addition to the risk of a hacker attacking your phone and stealing data, a common hacking method, known as “the man in the middle,” allows a criminal to hack into a mobile phone’s operating system and reroute all the data to a third party who is just sitting there waiting to utilize stolen information.

Some cell phone hackers can even have a device perform this when a mobile phone is turned off, which makes all mobile phones vulnerable to attack.

Securing your phone and communications from hackers requires multiple steps including creating secure passwords, avoiding public Wi-Fi, diligence in checking links in emails and messages to ensure authenticity before clicking on them, and encrypting calls and messages.

As part of your overall security plan, we recommend securing phone calls and messages, with end-to-end encryption, ensuring no one other than you and the intended recipient can access the call or message. For information on securing phone calls and messaging, Contact KoolSpan.

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