This article is courtesy of Correct’s Technical Specialist Wayne Small.
The easiest way to hack someone’s mobile phone is actually so simple it’s almost stupid. Let me ask you a question. Do you have a pin code on your mobile phone to prevent unauthorised access? Chances are that like most people you opt for convenience and don’t have any form of pin code protection for your phone. Consider for a moment what information you have on the phone. You have contacts, appointments, emails and immediate access to things like Facebook and other social media services. That might not seem like much at first glance.
What happens however if your phone is stolen and you don’t have a passcode on it? Suddenly the thief has access to your entire life. They have access to your friends, recent calls, Facebook, emails, etc. They could pretend to BE YOU using the phone. How easy would it be for them via Facebook, for example, to post things that were totally inaccurate? How easy would it be for them to send SMS messages to your partner and cause problems for you? What if they decided to be malicious rather than annoying? Once they have access to your phone there is nothing stopping them.
There is the fun side to this too, as I’ve often grabbed my teenage son’s phone before he entered a pin code to protect the phone and posted silly status updates on his Facebook for the world to see – it didn’t take long for him to realise that security was in fact a serious matter. He has since put a passcode on it and now I know at least that he has some basic security in place.
To give you some idea how this could play out however in a more adult sense, there’s a recent story of a girl who had her iPhone stolen while she was off swimming in Ibiza. The thief however is not so smart, and he neglected to turn off the camera upload feature of the phone, so that any photos he’s taken are uploaded to the girl’s iCloud account. Still having full access to her iCloud account and based on the photos there, she knows what the guy looks like and been able to deduce that he lives in Dubai. She’s accepted the comical side of having the phone stolen and written a blog about it here.Clearly it could have been so much more serious than that.
All of this could have been avoided however if she had configured a pin code on her phone. It’s actually very simple to put a code on your phone be it a Windows Phone, iPhone or an Android device. We highly recommend that you do this. If you need any assistance doing this please do not hesitate to contact us here at Correct Solutions.