cell phone security

Can my mobile phone's IMEI number help protect against theft?

Yes, your phone's IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) does help to protect your phone and mobile subscription from being stolen and used by someone else. The IMEI is the serial number and is a unique identifier for each mobile phone. A cellular network server, the EIR (Equipment Identity Register), checks each call made or SMS sent to ensure that the serial number of your mobile is authorized to use the network.
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How does the SIM work?

A small computer and specialized software in the SIM are designed to protect your phone services from unauthorized parties, securely store your personal information like your phone contacts and provide other applications like faster Web searching and ringtone access. Whether your SIM has these applications or not depends on your GSM operator, however.

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Being Smart About Protecting Your Mobile Devices

Smart phones may be even more aptly named than was once thought. They allow you to check e-mail, surf the Internet, listen to music, take photos - and with the right application, answer just about any question on the fly. The phones are more immune to viruses than traditional computers, but users still need to be careful to protect the wealth of data the phones contain.
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Analysts see alarming development in mobile malware

The first worm that spreads between mobile devices by spamming text messages has developed a new communications capability that one security vendor says signals the arrival of mobile botnets.

Trend Micro has analyzed a piece of mobile malware known as "Sexy Space," which is a variant of another piece of mobile malware called Sexy View, which targets devices running the Symbian S60 OS.

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iPhone hacker reveals SMS vulnerability

A security researcher on Thursday unveiled a new iPhone SMS vulnerability, according to reports out of the SyScan Conference in Singapore.

Presenting at the show, Charlie Miller, a well-known Mac hacker who works for Baltimore-based Independent Security Evaluators, released only minor details about the flaw, which reportedly can be used by an attacker to take control of the device to perform actions such as eavesdropping on conversations or tracking down a user's location through the phone's GPS capability.

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What are vishing, caller ID spoofing and SMS phishing scams?

These are all scams that target your mobile phone. The term "vishing" or voice phishing occurs when criminals use pre-recorded messages to deliver a false marketing claim to steal credit card numbers, commit other types of identity theft, or attempt to sell fraudulent products. To avoid falling victim to a vishing scam, be aware of suspicious signs. Some scams tell you that your credit card has been compromised, and ask you to call the given number to verify personal information. Or, you're instructed to dial a 1-800 number and purchase non-existent services.
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What are vishing, caller ID spoofing and SMS phishing scams?

These are all scams that target your mobile phone. The term "vishing" or voice phishing occurs when criminals use pre-recorded messages to deliver a false marketing claim to steal credit card numbers, commit other types of identity theft, or attempt to sell fraudulent products. To avoid falling victim to a vishing scam, be aware of suspicious signs. Some scams tell you that your credit card has been compromised, and ask you to call the given number to verify personal information. Or, you're instructed to dial a 1-800 number and purchase non-existent services.
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