In my rush to publish this information I posted the problem before the solution. So if you haven’t read at it again…cyber crooks, click on the title and get the low-down. Then come on back for author Sid Kirchheimer’s suggestions for tackling these no good, freeloading…!#%&*…so and so’s!!!
So here’s your defense:
- Don’t reply. Even sending a “remove” or “stop” response to a smishing text tells scammers that your number is active, meaning you may get more messages.
- Don’t click on links in texts sent to you by unknown parties.
- Block suspicious numbers. Your cellphone provider may be able to block numbers wher the texts and calls originate.
- Your bank is texting you? Look up its number yourself–don’t trust the one provided in the text–and call.
- Don’t store credit card and account login information in emailos or notes on the phone.
- Set your phone to time out and lock after a short period. If it’s stolen, thieves won’t get personal information.
- Install updates. When you receive a bona fide notification of an upgrade to your phone’s software, install it immediately. If you doubt the message is legitimate, call your cell or app provider.
…advantages…and disadvantages…to everything…including cellphones…
All good info. Or…..
be like me and have such an old fashioned phone that not only does it not access the internet – it doesn’t store numbers.
LOL. Bet you didn’t think I still had one of those 😉
You don’t surprise me…because you’re always…full of surprises. LOL. My daughter still has a rotary phone…good in case of cable outages. 🙂