T-Mobile offers NOPORT feature to combat SIM Jacking hacking vulnerability


T-Mobile United States has announced that all its customers were safe from SIM Jacking vulnerability if they enable a NOPORT facility in their custom settings. The wireless mobile carrier says that this feature offers complete control over a phone number, thus blocking access to bad guys doing nefarious things.

Specifically speaking, the NOPORT feature of T-Mobile(T-Mo) makes it difficult for hackers to perform a SIM swap just by sending an SMS. This feature when enabled allows T-Mo users to visit the nearest company-related mobile store, produce a valid government given ID and then request for a SIM change or a portability request to a different carrier.

At the store, a pin or a passcode is sent to the user mobile before the request of number portability is forwarded to the next mobile carrier. So, this multi-layered security makes Port Validation authentic enough to avoid any loopholes to be explored and exploited by hackers.

Last week, the company issued a press statement that all billing customers of T-Mobile have this feature existing in their SIM settings which is customizable as per the user’s need. So, those willing to enable the feature need to validate the standard security feature to make it work.

T-Mo says that its NOPORT doesn’t guaranty security against all cyber attacks prevailing in the current landscape. But yes, it can tackle smartly the Sim swapping or simjacking mobile security threat with great effervescence.

Note- T-Mobile NOPORT feature is available to be explored by US, Germany, Poland, Netherlands and Czech Republic mobile customers.

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

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