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Update your carrier PIN to protect against SIM swap scams

Enabling multifactor authentication is a good step toward better cybersecurity. However, if a determined hacker gains access to the account number associated with your phone number’s mobile carrier and they can guess the PIN you set up when you opened the account, these bad actors may be able to execute a SIM swap and circumvent […]

Make your Android access settings more secure

A four-digit PIN is better than nothing, but it’s not the most secure method for unlocking your mobile device. On Android devices, you can use stronger settings, like complex patterns, sophisticated passwords or biometrics, including fingerprints and facial recognition. Set up a screen lock for your device, and the stronger it is, the better.

Know the risks of SIM hijacking

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey had his account hijacked when someone successfully transferred his phone number to a different SIM. To prevent this type of situation, it might be useful to set a SIM PIN that protects access to your phone number. Contact your phone carrier to learn how to set this up.

Set a passcode on every device that allows one

From iPhones to office paper shredders, any device that can accept a security PIN should have one set up. These passcodes protect your data against theft and interception, such as in a situation in which a device were lost or stolen.

Avoid overly simple lockscreen PINs

You should set up a lock screen PIN on your phone or tablet. However, make it something more complex than “123456” or “111111” as those choices are relatively popular and would be at the top of the list of anyone trying to guess their way into your device.

Look for the signs of a fake banking website

Online banking is supposed to be safe and convenient. Unfortunately, plenty of imposter sites are out there trying to steal your information. No legitimate bank will ask for your card number or PIN during the sign-in process, although it might ask you to answer security questions or confirm via a separate trusted device. Make sure […]