Phone number hijacked – not on my watch

Remember that time a celebrity’s Twitter got hacked? It might have involved something called “SIM hijacking,” a sneaky trick that can steal your phone number and wreak havoc on your online accounts. Here’s the 411 on SIM hijacking and how to protect yourself:

  • Hijacked How? Imagine your phone number is like your digital front door key. SIM hijacking is like someone stealing that key – they convince your phone carrier to transfer your number to a different SIM card, essentially taking control of your phone number.
  • The Risks are Real: A stolen phone number is bad news. Hackers can use it to intercept two-factor authentication codes, reset passwords to your online accounts, and even impersonate you to scam your friends and family. Yikes!
  • Protect Your Number: The good news is there are ways to fight back! Many phone carriers offer SIM PINs, a secret code required to make changes to your account, like transferring your number. Setting up a strong SIM PIN is like adding a deadbolt to your digital front door – an extra layer of security.
  • Contact Your Carrier: Not sure if your carrier offers SIM PINs? Just give them a call and ask! It’s a quick and easy step that can save you a lot of trouble down the road.

By staying informed and taking action, you can keep your phone number safe from hijackers.