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Why Does Someone Want to Hack My Phone?

Updated on October 2, 2011

With all the scandals concerning phone hacking these days, you would think that the majority of people would take better precautions against being hacked. The fact that politicians, movie stars and other celebrities continue to face this problem is evidence that most people still believe it can’t happen to them. If you’re like a lot of people, you wonder why anyone would want your information. The general entertainment-loving public can understand why celebrities have their followers, so it’s easy to believe that hackers could not only get hold of salacious info, but also have a way to make money off of that information. But for the rest of us, why would anyone want to hack us?

Incredibly, some hackers are in it just for the thrill, the challenge. They could care less if they are exposing your personal information for anyone to take advantage of. And not all hackers are teenage boys, either. The first person to be prosecuted in theUnited Statesfor hacking was Pat Riddle, who was interested in obtaining information from the Department of Defense. This was shortly before the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1984. Most hackers are organized groups whose sole purpose is to obtain information for their own use. Some serious hackers hope to make a lot of money off of you. They may try to use SMS text messaging to transfer money in and out of accounts. Have you ever checked your bank account balance over the phone? This kind of message gives hackers information they need to access your accounts. It is possible to hack a phone, have the phone call the hacker and then be able to listen to all conversations going on around the owner of the phone. If you switch off your phone when you’re not using it, this could help. Newer phones are being produced that make it harder for hackers to get into. Consider anti-theft software for mobile phones. This type of software allows to remotely lock your phone, and to wipe/format your phone remotely. Turn off your Bluetooth when not using it. You can also call your phone service provider and ask them to require authentication regardless of the caller ID.

Make sure you have a dedicated pin number for your phone voicemail, turn on the password protection for your voicemail, and to the extent that you are able, keep all your personal details private. Don’t put your phone number, mother’s maiden name, or other information out on the internet. The more dots there are to connect, the more easily a hacker can get the entire picture connected. Never use the same password for more than one account.

Real hackers are much more interested in your email, for obvious reasons. Emails usually have longer messages, they’re in writing and easier to use as leverage by the hackers. If you have an ex-boyfriend or ex-girlfriend who has unresolved feelings, that is a motive for hacking emails and phone messages. Protect yourself. Use strong passwords, change them frequently, and don’t use birthdays, social security numbers, or other common information that would make it easier for hackers to guess.


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