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Here’s How to Keep Your Phone Safe from Hackers

November 17, 2020

From the National Public Radio website

If Jeff Bezos can’t keep his phone safe, how can the rest of us hope to?

Sure, Bezos, Amazon’s CEO and the owner of The Washington Post, is smart and presumably has good security people helping him, says Matthew Green, a computer science professor at Johns Hopkins University. But, Green says, “the bad thing about being Jeff Bezos is that there are a lot of people with huge amounts of money who want to hack you.”

Still, a targeted hack like the one the Saudis allegedly used against Bezos to get troves of information off his phone — which involved a video file allegedly sent by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to Bezos over WhatsApp — is costly and hard to pull off, says Green, an expert on cryptography and cybersecurity.

Green says that if you’re not very wealthy and not a celebrity, a politician or a top executive, “you probably are not a target.” At least for that type of attack.

That’s the good news. The not-so-good news: Research shows that more general-purpose malware aimed at phones that the rest of us use is also on the rise.

So here’s what you need to know to reduce your chances of getting hacked.

From → Cyber / Computer

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