Since the beginning of 2021, hundreds of people across the country have been affected by phone and internet scams. As a result of the criminal acts, personal data and large sums of money have been stolen. Security experts reveal which data on your phone should be protected especially carefully from outsiders and why.
In recent years, cases of “leaks” of intimate photos to the Internet and the disclosure of personal correspondence have multiplied.
There are also more than 100 known cases of victims being blackmailed with compromising material. The reason for this is that the attackers obtain data and photos that put potential victims in an unflattering situation.
Incidentally, this can be a recording of a phone conversation and other material that becomes a reason for blackmail if the phone is lost.
As a rule, criminals demand a large sum of money in exchange for the gadget, but it is not advisable to make a deal with such people, law enforcement agencies advise.
Experts believe that the user should either have a two-step identification, which increases data security, or not register such information on the device at all.
With family members’ data
Personal information about family members and relatives should not be stored in the phone’s memory. For example, there have been cases where family members have received text messages from the victim’s phone number asking them to transfer money to them. Unfortunately, many people immediately agreed, thinking that they were sending money to their relatives.
The most common texts in the criminals’ messages are: “Transfer money urgently, I’m in trouble”, “Send money urgently and I’ll explain everything”.
Security experts say that fraudsters often use family members’ data for their criminal schemes and recommend setting up a complex, high-security password to access contacts.
Codes and card balance information
All text messages containing passwords, codes and other bank account details should be deleted immediately after use. This is important because criminals often use this information to obtain money or to call victims posing as bank employees.
There are known cases where criminals have managed to withdraw money from customers’ accounts using a unique password from phone messages due to a short-lived failure of the bank’s identification system.
Different logins and passwords
It is extremely insecure to store passwords and logins on your smartphone. Social networks can log in on your behalf and ask for money from family and friends.
Using one password from different portals, such as public services, can lead to the disclosure of personal data.
In particular, it is not recommended to use automatic saving of passwords in the browser: it is better to save the passwords you need in your notebook and keep them at home.