Phone ‘Hacking’

Lots of news in the UK about phone ‘hacking’.

In short, it wasn’t ‘hacking’, the investigator was using the default password to get access to their voicemails.

How does it work?

It varies between providers but in short, you can access a person’s voicemail even if you don’t have their phone, all you need is their number and their voicemail PIN (in this case it was the ‘default’ PIN.

Food for thought:

  1. Who still uses voicemail?
  2. If you have something important to say: call them or text them to get you to call back.

If you have a phone there are at least 3 passwords you need to change:

  1. Your SIM password so that no one but you can use that SIM
  2. Your phone password so that no one but you can use your phone
  3. Your voicemail password so that no one but you can access your voicemails.

More on phone hacking:
http://www.independent.co.uk/topic/PhoneHacking

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