Fortunately, most scams do not require the average mobile user to be a computer genius. Most of these scams do not involve any hacking per se or intrusion on your security settings. In most of the scamming cases, the target is lured or put in a vulnerable position to give away their private information. By making a note of some red flags and changing hardwired habits, you can protect yourself from such shady scammers.
This is one of the most important and urgent habits to change. People generally have a recurring habit of responding to unknown numbers. If there is a number that you don’t recognize, then refrain from calling it. If a text or an E-mail seems shady, don’t respond to it. Divert the number or the caller to the blacklist. The same method applies to “vishing” or “voice phishing”. If a sender is urging you to call them in an automated voicemail, trust your guts and don’t respond.
One of the most sensitive information that can get exploited is your bank account information. When you are accessing your bank information via online means, make sure that you do it only through the company’s official website or app. For a further precautionary measure, ensure that your bank account information is not stored on your mobile in any folder. When accessing or interacting with the bank, delete the confidential information later on. Additionally, when you are downloading an app, use authorized and reliable online markets such as the Google play store or the Apple’s App.
It is highly recommended that you put a PIN code and a screen lock on your phone so that it doesn’t get misused once it gets stolen or lost. The double barrier of password protection ensures that the information in your phone is less likely to get exploited. There are also downloadable apps on the market which can track your phone if it gets lost.
With public wireless networks or blue tooth connection, you may be connected to malicious strangers without your knowledge. When outside, make sure that your Bluetooth doesn’t get connected to any stranger’s device. Also, avoid adding any passwords or PIN codes on your phone.
Have you ever wondered who the mysterious caller or text-er of a particular message is? A reverse lookup reveals important information about the unknown caller’s ID and location. There are many websites, apps and detective services available, both online and offline to get to the bottom of the unknown caller issue.
So, there you go. The above are the many useful habits that one can incorporate into their daily routine to better equip themselves against the dangers of phone scams. Always be vigilant and trust your instincts when you feel a suspicion arising in your gut. Additionally, never feel pressured to give away sensitive information. Stay calm and refuse upfront.
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