Lorrie Cranor, Chief Technologist of the FTC on How to Safeguard Your Smart Phone

Lorrie Cranor, Chief Technologist of the FTC on How to Safeguard Your Smart Phone

Statistically, there’s a good chance you’re getting a new smartphone for Christmas. And now days, if you had to, you could run a small business right from your phone. However most people use their smartphones for day-to-day tasks like replying to email (i.e. Gmail, yahoo mail, etc.); checking social media (i.e. facebook, twitter, etc) and staying organized with Apps like online calendars, DropBox and Evernote. But it’s turning out that using your smartphone at all could lead to being taken advantage of by people that make a living from gaining access to your identity through your smartphone––information that is used to verify that you are in fact you.

Few people realize just how vulnerable cell phones are. A phone can be breached using as simple of a thing as a CCSS 7 (or common channel signaling system no.7) through your very phone number.