How to thwart phone hackers

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Many of you might search for tips that help in keeping phone hackers at bay. So Angus King, the member of secretive Senate Intelligence Committee, is giving advice that could help in keeping a cellphone secure and away from prying eyes.

The tip is to switch off the phone and wait for a minute and then turn it on!

Well, this might sound naïve to some people. But Sen. Angus King insists that following this age old technique can help keep hackers away from stealing info from smart phones.

Sen. King insists that the regular restart of phone doesn’t help as the cyber crooks are becoming sophisticated and are seen maintaining access to a smart phone and stealing data.

Supporting the act is Neal Ziring, the technical director of National Security Agency. Mr. Ziring said that the only way to block malicious threats is to shut down the phone for a few minutes and then switch it on. The technical man also insists on practicing this technique once or twice a week to stop being hacked.

As cell phones are holding lots of personal and sensitive data, they are becoming smart targets to hackers whose only aim is to steal text messages, contacts, photos, videos, and user whereabouts, such as location details and audio files, if any.

There are n number of incidents where hackers have taken a device though hacking and the best example to prove is the recent revelation of NSO Group developed Pegasus Spyware being used to spy on politicians, journalists and human rights activists from India, France, UK and Hungary.

Thus, by switching off a phone and then switching it on, hackers planning to gain access to mobile devices will be cut down by half. The practice can also help in slowing down of zero click exploits that allow a hacker to take a device with the help of zero click exploits even though the user did not interact with any app or internet.

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security