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Hi, may I ask a new question? My husband has an apple's I phone and I have a blackberry phone. We were told that if we use i phone or blackberry phone then it will not be hacked. My question is:

1.if my enemy knows my phone number, will he be able to hack into my black Berry phone?
2. If our phones are hacked, how can we find out who are hackers?
3. How can we prevent from being hacked?
4. How can we set a trap to catch hackers?

cheers

Cathy
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by:ccressy5
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Is there anyone available to help?
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by:John Hurst
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Anything programmed by humans can be hacked.  Whether any given device gets hacked depends upon its importance.

With respect to phones, the biggest newstory about this was in England, and if I am not mistaken, voice mail was "hacked"  because users kept the default password.

With respect to your own phones you can put passwords in place with either. I changed the voice mail passwords a long time ago. My blackberry was never hacked, and my replacement iPhone has never been hacked.

That said, there is nothing secret on the devices either.

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by:John Hurst
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It also occurs to me that when I switched from Blackberry to iPhone store, the iPhone was acttvated to the same phone number as my Blackberry. The SIM in the Blackberry was instantly disabled and the Blackberry was as good as dead.

So, if you lose your phone, contact the phone company immediately.

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by:ccressy5
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Are you saying that simply by setting a voicemail password largely obviates the problem of potential hacking? I don't see why.
The symptom of hacking in my case (iphone) was that I got a phone call from a person X but when I returned the call X told me he hadn't tried to ring at all. Could be a wrong number, but I have reasons to believe this is unlikely.
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by:ccressy5
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Can you explain why setting a voicemail password solves the problem. Also, does it prevent others reading my emails if they are routed via the iphone? One thing is clear: if they can't hack my password on yahoo to enter my email account, they might do so by hacking the phone instead.
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by:John Hurst
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Sorry.

Voice Mail - Change your voice mail password protects your voice mail. That is independent of device. My voice mail works on my land phone, my iPhone and my spouses's iPhone. That is what I mean there. Voice mail hacking has occurred and simple password changes protect against that.

Machine - You can password a machine (Blackberry or iPhone) and that will prevent anyone else from using it.

People spoof numbers and email addresses. If you took the call or subsequently delete the voice mail, I believe you have nothing to fear. I get routine spam telephone calls that I just hang up on.

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by:John Hurst
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To your last point, I keep my email and voice mail separate and I have a strong password on my email.

My computer systems and email have strong passwords. My desktop runs 365x24 and has done for over a decade (different machines). It has never been hacked.

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By the way, I should note this:  My cable company (Internet, iPhone) is advertising that I can do everything (phone, voice mail, email and whatever else) with one number - my phone number.

And I think:  "Dumb" . Everyone knows my phone number, but my email is very private. Further, to get my voice mail (anyone's voice mail) call the number. Press 9 and it will ask for the password. That was my point on the voice mail password.

You just need to be careful and use some logic and common sense. Because nothing will protect us from our own foolish acts. .... Thinkpads_User
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by:John Hurst
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Hello ccressy5. Any follow up?  There was an article about phone security in this morning's business section that said pretty much what I said above:
1. Good voice mail password (not default)
2. Good device password (not just screen lock). This will prevent others from accessing your email. There is a setting on my iPhone under advanced where I can make email ask for password.
3. Let your phone company / ISP know immediately if the phone is stolen.

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by:ccressy5
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Thank you. But it seems like after I have used the suggestion by you my phone is still hacked like it was stopped right in the middle of my conversation with other people. If the hacker knows the other party's phone number so they still can hear my conversation. How can I solve this problem? How can I catch the hacker? How can I set a trap to catch the hacker?
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by:John Hurst
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You asked in the first post IF these things could happen. You said later you got a wrong number call.

Now you are saying people are eavesdropping on your phone calls. This is a different statement.

You cannot, by yourself, secure your phone calls against people who have eavesdropping equipment.

(a) You have the Blackberry, and I thought Blackberry was more resistant to this (but I am not certain).
(b) You say the hacker knows the other party's phone number, but you don't know how secure their system is.
(c) Why is a hacker trying to eavesdrop on your system?  My phone calls are so bland no one would bother.
(d) Is is possible the other party is on a multiple line and someone is just picking up another line? I do not know why or how you could detect someone sniffing the airwaves. That does not seem likely.

Call your husband and see if anyone hacks in. Then call a workmate known to be on a cellular device and see if anyone hacks in.

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by:ccressy5
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(c) Answer: Because you are not me. I don't think you know this area that well. I wish there is someone else who can help.
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Look at this article. You may have had your phone compromised and so reimage it.

http://it.slashdot.org/story/07/07/06/142225/blackberry-spy-software-released

Look at this article about general sniiffing.

http://thetechjournal.com/electronics/mobile/new-antenna-can-eavesdrop-into-your-private-cellphone-calls.xhtml

And then consider that the other party may be using VOIP and in that case common packet sniffers can collect data.

So with that, and since you think I am clueless, I will unsubscribe.

.... Thinkpads_User
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by:ccressy5
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Thank you. The link you provide is exactly what I want to know.
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by:ccressy5
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After reading the article on the link, I understand that my blackberry is quite safe because I have set a password as you suggested so that no one will be able to install the spy software onto my cell phone without knowing my password. Thank you very much indeed. You have solved one of my problems.
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