Prevent SIM-Swapping Hackers From Stealing Your Phone Number—and the Rest of Your Identity
You know what?s worse than having your password stolen? Having your phone number stolen. SIM-swapping, a type of identity theft, is a means for scammers to get access to your phone number and all of the personal accounts secured through it.
The attacker calls a phone provider, pretending to be a customer, and asks to port the number they?re trying to steal to a new SIM card, possibly on a new provider. With your phone number, the attacker can access any personal information secured with your phone, including any platforms that send two-factor Authentication codes via SMS. Since these ?cyberattacks? involve good old fashioned cons over the phone, the usual digital security measures we recommend will not save you.
That doesn?t mean you?re powerless, though. All four of the major phone service providers?AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and…
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