With the telecom services being available to an ever increasing number of people all around the World, the dark world of Phone Scams is also on the rise. More and more people are switching over to internet enabled smart phones and this is exposing them to a variety of tools used by scammers to rob them off their money or even identity.
Smartphone have opened a sea of opportunities and have made our lives increasingly mobile and easy. Now, we can access our bank account, do shopping, chat with friends, read just about anything etc all on the go. This is the reason why internet enabled smart phones have penetrated the lives of billions all around the world in a very short span of time.
There are various ways through which your mobile can get infected by various kinds of malwares. If you are not careful or aware, you will not even know, when your mobile has been infiltrated with malicious software. Let us discuss about the most common gateways, through which your mobile may get infected or hacked.
The evolving malwares are posing a new set of threats to phone users and exposing them to new realms of Phone scams. It is becoming increasingly difficult to deal with the new challenges. Both Android and Apple IOS are facing increasing number of attacks that are built to disguise and infiltrate. Some of the methods of disguise being used are as follows:
Consequences of a mobile attack can be devastating. As discussed in the previous paragraphs, we have learnt that a scammer can do us great harm if he gains access to our mobile data. Just imagine how risky it could be if someone has access to your payment apps, phone banking passwords and your saved debit and credit card details. Besides that he will have a lot of information about you by accessing your social media profiles and your saved contacts. He can not only harm you financially but also can spoil your social image. He can contact your relatives and ask them for money on your behalf, he can post unsocial stuff on your social media profiles. He can destroy relations and can also blackmail you. He will be holding your financial and social life in his custody. In today’s world where everything is onlne, a part of our life is also lived online. Giving someone else control of our online world will be like allowing him to control a part of our life. This can be a dangerous scenario indeed.
It is always important to keep a close watch as to how your phone is behaving. If it starts to misbehave, immediately get it checked for malwares before they do any big damage to your device. It is therefore important to know the symptoms of an infected device. The symptoms are as follows:
We often don’t realize that our mobile phones have become increasingly important for us. They carry our contacts, passwords, financial information and are the gateway to some of our financially sensitive spots. But somehow, we don’t consider our mobile phones at par with our computers. Many mobile users are not serious about the safety of their cell phones and they don’t even bother to install an antivirus in their mobile phones.
Here are some very basic yet very important steps that we all can and should follow if we want to keep our phone and data safe from cheaters on the prowl.
Text message is a non-voice service provided by telecom operators where users can interact with each other in the form of written messages. At the time of its advent, text messages also known as SMS brought a revolution in the telecom industry. At its peak 90% users used Text message facility to communicate. It provided its users a means for short communication. This service is available for all service providers and is basically built based on the big 3 i.e. CDMA, GSM and TDMA network technology. However, craze is now fading. The texting trend is now falling with the advent of smartphones and increased internet service penetration. With the rise of new chatting applications that are exorbitantly cheap and often free, more and more users are now switching over to these applications.
SMS is also known as ‘Short Messaging Service’ which is basically a two way service that sends and receives text messages over a wireless communication system. It was basically designed for GSM network technology. But the pace at which it gained fame among the user base, it was later adopted by other networks and service providers as well.
Under this service a text message sent by a user is transmitted to the recipient through SMSC (Short Message Service Centre) of the service providers. If for any reason, the recipient is unavailable, the message is placed in a queue and is delivered to the recipients when they are available.
Every cell phone user has experienced text message service. It seems to be so easy. Just type and send a message and the recipient receives it. But actually, this simple process is completed by a set of complicated tasks that run in the background. Let us understand the process how a SMS works.
An SMS is composed of various elements. Some of them are as follows:
Nowadays, many mobile operators also provide free text message service upto a certain limit. There have long been many websites over the internet that provides free messaging service. E.g. way2sms.com, 160by2.com, freesms.net, site2sms.com etc.
Way2SMS.com is the world largest personal messaging community which was launched in December, 2006. People around 130 countries use this website to send SMS through their cell phones to their loved ones. Through this website users can send free SMS to any mobile.