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Silence the spam: filter unknown iMessages on iPhone

Feeling overwhelmed by random texts on your iPhone? iMessages can be a great way to connect, but they can also be a gateway for unwanted messages. Luckily, iPhones with iMessage have a built-in feature to silence the spam: filtering unknown senders. This handy tool helps keep your inbox clutter-free and protects you from potential scams […]

Switch to encrypted messaging apps for secure chats

Text messages, sent via carrier SMS, have been a mainstay of mobile communication. However, they have increasingly been replaced by over-the-top (i.e., internet-based) services like Apple iMessage, WhatsApp, and Telegram. These alternatives not only offer more features but also provide end-to-end encryption, a security measure not supported by SMS or its successor, RCS. Why encrypted […]

Beware of phishing text messages

Phishing scams aren’t limited to email. It’s a good habit not to respond to any text messages from senders you don’t recognize. If you receive a suspicious text that claims to be from a person you know or a popular company, double-check by making a new text message thread with the person or contacting the […]

Delete your ancient WhatsApp messages

Most of us can leave WhatsApp chats hanging around like a gallery no one ever visits. By periodically getting rid of the conversations, you don’t need to see or reference anymore, you’ll prevent any sensitive details from falling into the hands of a thief. They don’t even need to physically steal your phone either – […]

Common alternatives to SMS for multi-factor authentication

If you use multi-factor authentication, and you should, it’s best to rely on codes sent to other devices or applications such as Duo or Google Authenticator instead of SMS texts. That’s because SIM hacking is on the rise. This practice entails a cyberattacker tricking a customer service representative into reassigning a phone number to a […]

Proactively delete text messages

It’s easy for text messages, like emails, to pile up. Long after you’ve read them, texts can still lay dormant on your phone. If you have old text threads, it’s a good idea to delete them as soon as possible. They may contain private information that could compromise your safety if they fell into the […]