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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 […]

Look out for package delivery scams

If you’re expecting a delivery via mail or private carrier (e.g., FedEx, UPS, etc.), you probably track the package online or via text message to see if it’s delivered on time. Watch out for unexpected emails or SMS updates, especially if they ask you to make additional arrangements by supplying personally identifiable information – they’re […]

SMS codes vs. authenticator apps: What’s more secure?

For most of us, it’s become a familiar routine. You’re about to sign into an online account on a new device. It could be one of your social media profiles, a banking website, your email or something else. You enter your username and password. Then, the application prompts you to check your phone for a […]

Random text message? No real prize is waiting for you

Please don’t reply to — or click on — a link for a random text message you see on your phone saying that you’ve won a prize, gift card or an expensive electronic like an iPad. It’s most likely a scam. Delete random texts, especially those that ask you to enter a special code, or […]

Use Signal for secure voice calls

Signal can be used for one-to-one messaging or group messages, but it can also be used for more secure voice calls. Like messages, voice calls are end-to-end encrypted to protect your privacy. To use Signal for a voice call: Tap “Compose” and select a contact or enter a number. Open the conversation. Tap the phone […]

Look out for delivery scam smishing

Many individuals will be checking their phones to keep tabs on package arrival times. Scammers know this, so expect a spike in delivery scam smishing — or SMS phishing — attempts. If you spot anything that seems suspicious, don’t click on any links. Verify the information through the company’s website or app.