Friday, December 01, 2023

Criminals Can Steal Your Phone Number

Security depends not so much upon how much you have, as upon how much you can do without.

— Joseph Wood Krutch, born in 1893

Criminals Can Steal Your Phone Number

How To Geek: Here’s How to Stop Them: “Key Takeaways

  • Criminals are stealing phone numbers through “port out scams” by pretending to be the owner and transferring the number to another phone, gaining access to security codes and sensitive accounts.
  • Port-out scams pose a major threat as phone numbers are often used for two-factor authentication, making it easy for criminals to receive security codes intended for the owner.
  • To protect against port-out scams, set a secure PIN with your cellular carrier, use alternative two-factor authentication methods like Google Authenticator, and avoid relying on SMS verification for important services.

Criminals can steal your phone number by pretending to be you and then move your number to another phone. They’ll then receive security codes sent via SMS on their phone, helping them gain access to your bank account and other secure services…”

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