SIM Swaps: What You Need to Know
For many of us, our mobile devices hold as much or more, sensitive data than our workstations or desktops. So why should adequate security on our phones be any different?
What is a SIM swap?
A SIM swap occurs when someone contacts your mobile service provider and tricks a customer support rep into switching your phone number to a SIM card owned by the scammer. They usually do this by gleaning enough personal information from your social media accounts and company website to fool customer support.
Why is this a threat?
If a scammer successfully ports your number to a SIM card they control, they can change passwords on the mobile account and completely lock you out.
Once you realize what’s happened, the only move available to you is to call your service provider from another phone to explain the situation and hope they believe you.
In addition to the personal data likely stored on your device, if you use your phone for work this compromises other information including:
How do you know if you’ve been targeted by a SIM swap?
A few common clues you’ve been targeted include:
How do you protect yourself?
To help prevent a SIM swap, do the following:
For more security tips, contact EXP Technical for training, education, solutions, and implementation to keep your endpoints secure and easy to manage.
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