Stop Spam Text Messages Now
Last month Apple urged iPhone and iPad users to update iOS to patch a critical security flaw. Hackers found a way to exploit the flaw to launch spyware that allowed them to monitor a user’s keystrokes. The hackers introduced the spyware via malicious text messages. This recent story illustrates the danger posed by spam text messages, which are a growing problem in the United States and Canada. Spam texts can be irritating, costly and a gateway for all sorts of hackers and scammers. Here is what you need to know about text message spam.
- Both the United States and Canada prohibit text message marketing without the recipient’s consent. Unfortunately, scammers who distribute text spam can be difficult to track and prosecute because they change phones and numbers frequently. Cell phone providers are working to improve spam blocking, but spammers continue to find ways to circumvent the technology.
- Never engage with a scammer or click on links in a spam text message. Beware of messages from numbers you do not recognize. Clicking on a link in a scam text message is asking for trouble. Links may lead to viruses and malware that could infect your phone.
- Do not visit websites or respond to offers contained in text message spam. Many “free offers” are actually phishing scams designed to steal your personal information.
- Users in the US and Canada can report spam texts by forwarding them to their cell phone provider at 7726 (SPAM).
- Users can also ask their provider to block text messages that originate from the Internet. This will not block cell-to-cell spam, but it will help eliminate some unwanted messages.
If you are an IDShield member and have been the victim of malware and believe your personal information has been compromised contact IDShield right away. Members may also download the IDShield App from the iTunes or Android store today. If you do not yet have an IDShield membership visit www.idshield.com to learn more.