People love to text. According to HubSpot Blogs, in 2017 people sent over 500 billion texts worldwide. That’s a lot of messages!
While the majority of these messages are harmless, people still need to watch out for those messages from unknown sources that want to get access to your personal information. That’s why it’s important to learn how to protect your phone number. You don’t want to expose your personal information to anybody, especially not to someone who might turn out to be a scammer.
Why Should You Protect Your Phone Number?
The main reason why you should protect your phone number is because it’s easier to hack a mobile number than it is to hack an email address. With a simple text message, scammers can get in touch with you. They might pretend to be a loved one, friend, or business partner and try to get you to divulge your personal information.
When it comes to security and privacy, mobile phone numbers are more at risk than email addresses. With that in mind, here are some best practices you should be following to ensure that your phone number is as safe as possible.
Use a Privacy App
You can use a privacy app to make your mobile number less accessible to people who want to get in touch with you. Some of the most popular apps for this purpose are TruPhone and Digits. Both of these apps will obfuscate your phone number so that it’s not as easy to look up. You can find more information about them in the links above.
Obfuscating your phone number prevents people from hijacking your account or trying to access your personal information for fraudulent means. It also helps ensure that your number is not sold to any third parties. For instance, if you use your phone number for registering with an online service provider, any information you divulge to that particular website is only visible to you and the website. Your number is not passed on to any third parties in any way.
Activate Your SMS Authentication
If you use an SMS authentication for your account, you can set a security code that is tied to your mobile number. Whenever you log in with that number, you will be prompted to enter the authentication code sent to your phone. This is a very simple process that many companies and services offer as an extra layer of security for your account.
The fact that you have to enter a code when you login with your phone number makes it much less convenient for potential scammers. They have to get in touch with you somehow, and getting your phone number is very easy for them since it’s more accessible than an email address. Setting up an SMS authentication for your account prevents them from doing so.
Change Your Password Often
It’s important to change your password often. Passwords should be composed of letters and numbers, but they also need to be unique and difficult to guess. There are several password recovery tools that you can use to make sure that you don’t forget your password. For instance, you can create a special symbol using the letters of your password (e.g., #$%^*!~ etc.) to help you remember it. When you log in with that symbol, you will be reminded of your password and asked to enter it. This process makes sure that nobody else can access your account without the proper authorization. You can change your password anytime using the various tools listed above or the ones integrated with your email provider.
Keeping your phone number secure is a lot easier than you think. Simply follow these best practices and you’ll keep your number as safe as possible. In addition, make sure to read our guide on how to choose a VPN for encrypting your sensitive data while online so that your number is completely secure whenever you log in using public Wi-Fi.