Angus King, a member of the US Senate intelligence committee, received interesting advice to protect his phone at a staff briefing he attended this year. The first key step is to turn off the phone and the next step is to turn it on.
According to him, the tactic of restarting phones makes it difficult for hackers to maintain their access to phone data.
The National Security Agency (NSA) issued a “good practice” guide to mobile device security last year, in which it recommends restarting your phone every week as a basic and easy way to stop a possible intrusion by hackers.
Typically, when hackers gain access to a device or network, they look for ways to stay on the system by installing malware on the device.
“Phone manufacturers like Apple are putting strong security in place to block malware from the operating system,”
said Neal Ziring, technical manager of the Directorate of the National Security Agency.
The NSA guide acknowledges that restarting the phone can’t protect in all cases, especially when it comes to cases of real cyber criminals, and gives an even simpler tip to assure people that intruders do not secretly turn on the microphone or camera of the mobile device.
“Don’t take it with you.”
In recent years, as the AP reports, companies providing interception services have multiplied dramatically. The actual number of phones breached each year cannot be calculated, but the most common cases involve the interception of photos, contacts, texts and locations.
In a statement, King says restarting his phone is now part of his routine.
A recent investigation into phone data-mining has sparked political turmoil in France, India, Hungary and elsewhere, after investigators found dozens of journalists, human rights activists and politicians on the leak list, believed to be potential targets of an Israeli company.
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