A telephone, or phone, is a telecommunications device that permits two or more users to conduct a conversation when they are not in the same vicinity of each other to be heard directly.

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Getting spam calls from numbers similar to my own

My phone number is 456-123-XXXX (American phone number + area code). Over the past few months I get fairly regular spam calls from other numbers also beginning with 456-123-XXXX, where the last four ...
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Is it dangerous to call spam phone numbers, even if you know they're spammers?

I sometimes like to check spam just to see how the messages look like, and I found someone who actually put an American phone number (1-XXX-XXX-XXXX). Most of these spammers are either trying to get ...
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Should I trust on Airpush and give IMEI? [duplicate]

For opting-out from air-push adds on android I can request to Airpush. Visit the relevant post: Is this red star icon malware? How to get rid of it? Is there a reliable way to detect the app ...
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Can I use a satellite phone for 2 factor auth sms and such?

Would 2 factor authentication SMS messages or other kinds of internet security notifications work with satellite phones? E.g. companies like Google, Paypal, Facebook, banking institutions and others ...
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Can IMSI catchers detect encrypted communications? [closed]

I would like to know if IMSI catchers can detect encrypted communications in general. Anyone got experience with that? Thanks
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Using stingray against police (idea) [closed]

This is focusing on UK mainly, where police radios are similar to mobile phones. Pretend it's possible to buy Stingray, the IMSI scanner. Pretend Jimmy is a criminal, waiting for a police raid at any ...
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Security implications of android rooting

I know this question has been asked many times, but I didn't see a clear answer to it from security experts, or it is from several years ago and things might have changed. My question is double: ...
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What happens when you SIM-unlock a cellphone

In the UK the process for unlocking a mobile phone (cellphone) usually involves either buying an "unlock code" from ebay which you then have to put into the phone to unlock it, or taking the phone to ...
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Phone call to try and gain access

About a hour ago I received a call from a suspicious phone number. They explained that they had received an alert from my PC and needed to gain access to correct the problem before my PC was ...
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How WhatsApp identifies a specific user

How does WhatsApp identify a specific user in order to forward the messages to him? Here is what I did: I backed up my iOS App from my old device Restored the backup to the new device Opened ...
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Mobile phone tracking, identification of the attacker [closed]

Once I was told that you can identify if your mobile phone is being tracked by someone (e.g. police), by calling placing a specific prefix to the number. This prefix in my country is normally reserved ...
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sourcing harrassing texts [closed]

I live in the US. Someone is texting harrassing messages to me. I have done a reverse lookup which dead-ends in a landline number. The number I have has been confirmed by my wireless Carrier. It ...
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Is there any benefit to re-verifying someones identity on the phone once transferred?

So this example is quite specific. You call up an organisation and they verify your identity using two pieces of information (eg; date of birth, last payment date, mothers maiden name). But then once ...
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Can bad guys record phone conversations without the carrier's knowledge?

I know that, in most of the world, phone conversations are transmitted as digital data (whether frames in circuit switched protocols or packets). I know that several companies offer products which ...
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Multiple service providers to establish link

If data roaming is disabled, could service providers still use links from multiple service providers to establish connections between a carrier and a destination point?
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Hacking/Sniffing/recording GSM like Karsten Nohl

For a course at college, I wanted to reproduce the attack on GSM shown in this video by Karsten Nohl: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hjn-BP8nro. From what I understand he used an USRP radio to ...
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Smartphone motherboard - Does it hold any data?

I recently went for a smartphone repair and got its motherboard replaced. However, it didn't occur to me to ask for the damaged motherboard back. I had confidential credentials and data stored. No ...
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Privacy issues when mobile app has access to phone number and contacts

It seems that when it comes to mobile apps convenience defeats security - always. In particular all messaging/communication apps seem to require to have access to your contacts on the phone and your ...
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What are the security implication of implementing an IVR functionality in my application?

I am planning to implement an Interactive Voice Recognition (IVR) functionality in my python-based application. I will be using IVR as a backup verification method or when a user is going to setup her ...
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How secure are DECT and 5.8Ghz Digital Cordless home Phones?

Is it safe to assume someone with $1,000-$3,000 U.S. to throw around can purchase the expertise or equipment to tap someone's modern cordless phone via a vulnerability, or otherwise? I mean someone ...
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Random people are coming to my home looking for their lost/stolen cellphones!

Random people are coming to my home saying their lost/stolen cellphone is at my house! The latest person to show up on my door step was at 9pm last night. He said that his "findmyiphone" sent him to ...
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Does hanging up on a UK landline call not terminate the connection?

AgeUK (and others) warn about making phone calls directly after receiving a scam call and advise you to "wait for the line to clear": Use a different phone if you can, or wait 5 to 10 minutes ...
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What information can be gained given only a phone number? [closed]

What personal information can be obtained given only a phone number? What information is your phone number publicly (or privately, but with easy access) linked to? Here is the way I am looking at ...
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Why do phones send wifi probes?

They could just listen to beacons. Why do they probe for every network you've ever connected to? Do other wireless devices do this? Does Windows, Linux esp. Kali, do this?
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A security concern I dicovered with simcard devices

Well, it all started when I wanted to take the sim card out of my tablet and I was about to shut it down so that I could take the simcard out. But then a thought raced through my mind, "What if I take ...
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Is using my phone number as a pin for a phone a security risk?

I just did a factory reset on my smartphone to see if it might fix issues with battery life. I configured a phone number as the lock screen code so I have a code that's both long and easy to remember. ...
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Twitter phone verification while on Tor [closed]

Twitter locked me out of my account. I can log in but I can't do anything with it until I give them a phone number. I've had the account for years but they've decided now there's "suspicious ...
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How to authenticate a user account from a website over the phone?

A support team is answering calls and providing well support. It would be conceivable for someone to impersonate or ask for something which should be authenticated first. Which are the best methods ...
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The spyware spooks use to hack mobiles [duplicate]

With regards to the report and video link below: How do I guard against this sort of snooping? Is it only possible if unwittingly install some kind of trojan? BBC Click Report: Surveillance ...
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Find out the identity of the person that called you

I once heard that if a number that you don't know called you, you can access a website (that I don't remember now) that will call the number and make a recording of what the person said and send it to ...
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How safe are data you dial to a call center?

Sometimes when you call an administrative service it tells you "Dial 1 to access such service. Dial 2 to access some other service. Otherwise, dial 3." No harm if somebody comes to learn I chose "2". ...
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Scam caller claimed to have elderly friend's “Windows unique identifier”

An elderly friend received a telephone call similar to this Information Security SE post and this one. The caller claimed that my friend's computer had a problem that needed to be fixed. My friend ...
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How secure is VOIP?

I was at a friend's house who uses VOIP on his own private WiFi for his phone calls. He made a call over VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) that included the need to verbally state his credit card ...
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Could one fit a root application in sim card

In the third Mr.Robot episode a character inserted a Micro-SD card in a smartphone in order to root it and gain information, so I thought maybe someone could fit a root-kit on a Sim-card. Would that ...
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How do i make a phone number authetication system for my website? [closed]

I really need to prevent users from create multiple accounts. So I was thinking about making a phone number authentication system. Where when a user signs up, a 4 digit code is sent to their phone, ...
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Does calling with wireless phone have enough security? [closed]

I'd like to know if calling with a wireless phone at home can be heard by neighbours and if it is safe.
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Is there any way track a Andriod phone using IMEI Number [closed]

I have lost my phone and I have a IMEI number of it. However, the guy removed my SIM card. Is there any way to track who is using my phone?
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Migration from TDM to All IP: any security issues?

My phone operator is slowly abandoning TDM (Time Division Multiplexing) to replace it with IP connections. What are the security risked related to this change? will all the phone line be like in a big ...
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Can a 0800 and 00800 be from different companies in UK [closed]

I recently received a call from a 00800 number, that seemed like a prerecorded message asking me to press some keys to continue. I disconnected. I later googled the number and I noticed that a ...
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Phone calls that listen to you saying hello and then say “goodbye” [closed]

I live in France. About 5-10 times, once every 1-2 months, I receive an automated computerized call that listens to me say "hello" there is silence for 5 seconds, and then there is a voice recording ...
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how do I find out where my sd card was used last [closed]

Someone took my sd card out of my phone and saved information on it that I didn't know about. Is there anyway to find out where my sd card was used last.
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Bring your own phone to a (new) job: Consequences?

I am starting a new job, and I have the choice to receive a phone from the company, or to bring my own. I am considering using my own phone, to avoid having an extra device, but I want to better ...
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Deal with number changes in a phone number based authentication/login system

Twitter Digits (https://get.fabric.io/digits) provides an authentication/login system based on phone numbers for mobile apps, and several other mobile apps (e.g. Square Cash, ...
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Is Twitter digits login (sms auth code) insecure?

Twitter released(some time ago) a new kit named Digits which allows the client to login with a phone number and an authorization code (received through sms). I find it great for the user experience ...
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Anonymity of prepaid SIM card in phone linked to real identity

I want to use a prepaid SIM card (text and calls only) anonymously. I bought the SIM card offline without providing any address or name. I am now thinking about using a dumbphone I bought from Amazon ...
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How to prevent location information from any dialing call [closed]

Assume you receive many unknown calls from unknown numbers regularly. You would like to prevent the callers to receive any pieces of information from you. How can you do this? Your number is ...
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Is sending passwords through cellphone text messages secure?

Both the sender and the receiver deleted the text after it was sent, but is it still possible that it exists somewhere and that someone can get to it?
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Why do phones have SIM cards? [closed]

I presume that the main reason phone operators require a SIM card to get access to the network is due to security and/or authentication purposes. Just wondering why this is? What does a SIM card do ...
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Eavesdropping phones in offline mode or when switched off

Occasionally there are reports about eavesdropping via phones which are switched off or in offline (or airplane) mode. People put their phones in the fridge or remove the batteries to prevent such ...
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Is there any way to detect caller ID spoofing?

To be specific the main problem is that I want to detect if the caller ID of the incoming cal I get is real or spoofed? Most VoIP servers now allow their clients to use any caller ID they want. Also, ...