Archives - SMS message


Download an authenticator app

Given that it’s possible to use SIM swap scams to get around traditional two-factor authentication, which typically relies on one-time passcodes sent over SMS, downloading an authenticator app can provide some additional security for select accounts. Google and Microsoft have apps that are widely used.

Enable Do Not Disturb mode for Android

Limit distractions, message previews, calls and push notifications – including SMS phishing texts – by enabling Do Not Disturb mode on your Android device. Simply navigate to the Settings menu, and select Sound. Then click “Do Not Disturb.” Enable the settings that suit you best, and turn on Do Not Disturb mode now, or schedule […]

Use messaging services that offer end-to-end encryption

End-to-end encryption helps you protect your messages and conversations from being monitored and reviewed by unauthorized parties. Apple’s iMessage chat provides end-to-end encryption between iMessage users, and there are a variety of third-party messaging apps that can exchange encrypted over-the-top (OTT) messages between users on the same app. Popular options include WhatsApp and Signal, and […]

Beware of smishing attempts

“Smishing” is a portmanteau of “SMS” (short message service) and “phishing,” a cybersecurity threat where malicious actors attempt to fool users into clicking links, downloading malware or handing over personal information, usually by email. Basically, smishing is phishing done via text message. Be skeptical of any unsolicited, automated text messages delivered over shortcodes that contain […]

Be cautious when chatting with iMessage

Since Apple’s iMessage application uses the internet to send your texts, it’s vulnerable to “man-in-the-middle” attacks. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use the app, but when you need to have a private conversation with someone or send them sensitive information like your social security number, turn to a more secure messaging tool.

Use encrypted chat apps to share ultra-sensitive data

By hacking into Signaling System No. 7 (SS7), a system that connects mobile phone networks, cybercriminals may be able to see your locations, read your SMS messages and listen to your phone calls. If you’re planning on sharing highly private information, think about sending it through an encrypted chat app like Telegram or iMessage, so […]