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Jeff Bezos’ Cellphone Hacked: How To Keep Your Cell Phone Secure

11.17.20

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sent a WhatsApp message to the world's richest man. [Jeff Bezos] That message was behind a high-profile hack of Jeff Bezos' phone, according to a report

Jeff Bezos’ Cellphone Hacked: How To Keep Your Cell Phone Secure


October 16, 2020


Now more than ever, we are relying on our cell phones and keeping valuable information on our devices, including Jeff Bezos.  NPR states that "In 2018, Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sent a WhatsApp message to the world's richest man. [Jeff Bezos] That message was behind a high-profile hack of Jeff Bezos' phone, according to a report commissioned by the Amazon CEO and reviewed by United Nations human rights experts." Experts say that the hack originated from this text message.

 

Verizon Wireless states that you should not give out personal information; this includes text messaged that might look like they are from your bank. If you do have a concern, it is best to contact the business in question directly. This may be a phishing attempt to gain access to your valuable information and even compromise your device.

 

Keeping your cellphone password protected. Wired Magazine states that "Passcodes, PINs, passphrases, and patterns act as the core defense to any biometric methods of unlocking your phone." Wired encourages password protection stating that "While none of the security methods are completely foolproof, the passcode or PIN seems to be the best defense against attackers wanting to access your phone." Password protection keeps your information from being stolen, whether from merely losing a device or hacking.

 

NPR suggests only downloading trusted apps onto your devices. Sticking with apps on Google Play or the App Store are often safe options. It is important not to download apps from strange websites or from emails/ text messages that you do not recognize.

 

In the event that your cell phone is hacked, a safeguard for your data is to back it up. Every month it is recommended that you back up the data on your devices. This ensures that you do not lose all of your valuable data and information in the event of hacking.

 

NPR encourages keeping your cell phone and all devices operating systems up-to-date. Using a cellphone that is running on an outdated operations system is more vulnerable to hacking.


A surprise to many is that Verizon also suggests paying attention to the websites you make purchases, stating, "If you bank or shop from your smartphone, log out of those sites once your transactions are complete. Other tips include not storing your usernames and passwords on your phone and avoiding transactions while you are on public Wi-Fi." Following this simple rule can help secure your purchases and cell phone. 

 

Verizon Wireless also suggests turning off your Bluetooth setting when you are not using this feature is also strongly recommended. This leaves your cellphone open to potential hacking. The best practice is to turn on your Bluetooth only when you want to use it and then promptly turn your Bluetooth off after completing what you set out to do.

 

Following these tips will allow you to keep your cell phone secure and less susceptible to hacks.

 

If you are Jeff Bezos, or concerned about your cellphone's security, or just wanting to learn more about your cybersecurity, Synergy Infosec is here to help with our helpful dashboard and consulting services.

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