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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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 I need to hide my phone's IMEI

If it is a secret then why is it visible on the box, invoice and the back of the phone? If it is not a secret then why does it have to be blurred when it gets posted online?
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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, ...
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Is it possible to crack a PIN / PUK code on a phone SIM card?

When deploying a mobile phone best practices policy, one of the points which were raised was the requirement for the user to protect his SIM card with a PIN. The theory is that three failed attempts ...
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Is it possible to make a phone call appear to come from another phone, even to the network provider?

Quick Question Is it possible that I could call a mobile number, but have the call forwarded through another number active on a different phone that someone else has? I have had unlimited access to ...
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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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How can hotels securely receive your credit card details (for a custom, one-off payment)?

A hotel belonging to a large chain (400 hotels in 60 countries) has just requested me to send my credit card details via standard (unsecured) email. I have negotiated a deal for accommodation with ...
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Has there been any documented cases where hackers have hijacked the phone number to a business?

Has there been any cases where hackers have taken over the phone number to a business, by creating a phone number in the same area code, setting up a virtual PBX / Asterisk system, routing all calls ...
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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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Why don't mobile operators blacklist stolen phones using their IMEI?

I've just read this piece of news that Android and Windows phones will get a 'killswitch', rendering them useless to potential thieves. However, since all devices have a unique identification number ...
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How am I affected by malware? Malware transferred from service provider's base station or just port scan? [closed]

I need a malware expert here. I am being targeted by advanced hackers over the 4.5 years. So this is my situation: 1) My new phone: I just bought a new phone, with SIM card and mobile internet plan ...
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Is a fake base station needed for IMSI catching?

If you read about cell phone tracking it looks an IMSI Catcher always uses a fake base station the get the phones IMSI. I don't understand why this is necessary. Couldn't they just passively read the ...
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Can malware “upload” itself to the actual mobile base station and regain back to another phone?

My question is can a malware from my affected phone "upload" itself to the ACTUAL REAL mobile base station from the service provider, and regain back to my another phone with the same number (same ...
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What's the worst someone could do with my phone unlock code?

When someone is using my cell phone, I will sometimes give them the PIN number to unlock it so they don't have to ask me. Clearly, I only tell the code to people I trust not to mess up my phone. ...
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If a phone is encrypted at a platform storage level do I need to encrypt my data stored on it?

I am writing a mobile app which would be expected to store sensitive data. It needs to be stored for offline use. I am wondering now that Android and iOS provide encryption at rest do I need to ...
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Are there any ways to track mobile phones like shown on television? [duplicate]

Are there really some ways to get the Geo-Location of a mobile phone? I've seen in many TV crime shows (like "Sawdhan India" and "Crime Patrol") where the Police Force catches a criminal through ...
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Can my phone be affected by malware through mobile phone signal?

My phone is newly bought. Can a hacker actually scan the mobile phone signal around me, detect it, and put virus/malware into my phone THROUGH the mobile phone signal of my mobile service provider? ...
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How are “fake cell towers” detected

With the recent (and not so recent) news about fake cell towers popping up in different part of the world, I was wondering how these are detected (from a technical point of view). I'm not really ...
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Deterring Mobile phone Tethering in the workplace

How do you put in controls to prevent a staff using his/her mobile phone to tether 3G/4G connection and download unauthorized files onto the office PC? Of course minimally there must be an AV in ...
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PCI DSS - Recorded Phone Conversations

I am using the using the following image from FishNet Security as a sort of guide for the data flow diagram required by PCI DSS as defined by: 1.1.3 Current diagram that shows all cardholder ...
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Phone got pick pocketed and I got a huge bill

I'm really sorry if this is posted in the wrong section. I did spend some time trying to get it right but I am not sure if this is... I have been exposed to thieves who have stolen my phone and then ...
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How to trace a (mobile) phone?

Even since growing up, I've watched films in which the "bad guy" is repeatedly tracked down when they call the police or FBI or police force de jour. They always have "about 30 seconds". Regardless ...
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Secure voice app [closed]

When I look in the Google play store (android apps market), I see that there are a lot of apps to make secure phone calls. However, all the apps I have seen so far all seem to use data packets over ...
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Someone faxed me a bunch of black paper

I work for this telemarketing company, and when I went to work this morning all my fax machines' outputs were jammed with black paper with the faded words "fuck you" transcribed on each of them. I ...
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Offline phone security

How secure is an offline android phone? Some background. I want to use an app called Bither on android, which allows me to create a cold wallet on 1 phone and a hot wallet on another phone. Cold ...
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How to restore devices like IP phones to productive use after unexplained activity? [closed]

I'm trying to consider how to properly vet devices that have exhibited unexplained activity for future deployment. Let's just consider my current scenario as an example, but I am interested in this ...
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Is my phone carrier monitoring my traffic?

Today I started using a VPN on my phone (nexus 5), and after I switched on mobile data and turned off my WiFi, I received a text message from my carrier offering me roaming packages for Europe (which ...
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Should I change phone number and e-mail address after PayPal fraud?

I have been the victim of PayPal fraud. I hadn't used PayPal in a year and then within 9 days there were three unauthorized transactions on my account for a total of 150 Canadian dollars and 290 ...
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How do I protect my Gmail account when accessing it via an Android smartphone?

I have a Gmail account that I also access via an Android smartphone. The mail account could be used to reset passwords for other online accounts, so I want to tighten up the security around this ...
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Can strangers use Wifi to dial calls from my phone?

I watched an old episode of The Real Hustler in which they demonstrated how strangers can use some devices to force your Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone to call a premium rate telephone number. The ...
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Can A Powered Down Cell Phone be Turned On Remotely?

I know this is tin-foil hat fodder, but at least one judicial opinion (http://www.politechbot.com/docs/fbi.ardito.roving.bug.opinion.120106.txt) referenced a bug that could track/listen in on the ...
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Phone location detection

If someone posts something on the internet using their phone's data connection, is it possible to track their location? For example, somehow link their IP address and figure out their location. Or ...
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Spyware for feature phones

There are a lot of spywares for android and ios smartphones. Are there spywares for feature phones ? I am using this samsung phone, which is basic. I am wondering if somebody who has access to this ...
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Suspicious phone call claiming MS Office not updated lately

I recently received two phone calls where the caller indicated that according to their log activity, MS Office has not been updated lately. They offered to help me get those updates. What kinds of ...
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Security implications of rooting Android

My Android smart phone has fancy features that I can get only if I root it, e.g., free-wifi tethering or Cisco VPN (with group name/password). However, the procedure to root my phone makes me ...
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Are phone calls on a GSM network encrypted?

When I make a call on my cellphone (on a GSM network), is it encrypted?
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how can I tell if I'm under IMSI cell phone surveillance

I've recently had an encounter with the law, the details of which I won't disclose here since the case is still in court. They took my phone, naturally. I deactivated it as soon as I was released ...
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Is it possible for a phone to be transmitting even while turned off and the battery removed?

Is it technically or theoretically possible for any part of a mobile phone's circuitry to be still on and transmitting even while turned off and the battery has been removed? If so, how? I am ...
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Could my bank's two-factor authentication be hacked?

When I attempt to log in to my bank, an SMS code is sent to my phone. I then type this nine-character code into the bank's Web site, to login to my account. Is this vulnerable to attack, without ...
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Do cell-phones exist with open source baseband processors?

In a recent question (can't seem to find now), someone asked: Is it possible to track a phone which is off? and received a response of Who's to say that it's really off? Your phone has both ...
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How to spoof a cell phone tower (cell site, base station) — homemade IMSI-Catcher

An answer to a recent question has given me an idea for a school project (security CS program). Also, an active attacker (with a fake base station) can potentially force a mobile phone to use ...
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How can I spoof a phone call and make it appear to come from another phone?

I'm performing a penetration test against a company. Part of my social engineering procedure is to contact the IT department and try to convince them to that I'm an employee in the company and get ...
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Are dialers obsolete?

My antivirus picked up an infection by Dialer/Coulomb. The definition of a dialer is a piece of malware that dials a number that charges money. How would it do this, is this from when modems were ...
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Voicemail PIN reset - what is a DDN? [closed]

Here is a recording of Glenn Mulcaire using social engineering to reset the PINs to voice mailboxes to which he did not have authorised access. (At least, that's my understanding.) He appears to say ...
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How to identify call stats about 2/3/4G users in a room?

If someone can please provide some advice about the following problem I am trying to solve it will be great. Scenario: A standard office room, with (say) a couple of people in it What I want to find: ...
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DLP for Phone calls [closed]

I would like to know if there is a DLP system that can monitor phone conversation, in order to search for sensitive data leakage by the company users to external users. We know NSA does that :) Is ...
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How do i defeat cell phone spyware? [closed]

I've bought a new phone, where one of its products can be activated by receiving a phone call. If someone uses a spoofed SIM card - with a number I recognize - I'll likely answer the call. Are there ...
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Touch tone phone username and password

I just got off the phone with Fidelity, who manage the health benefits for the company where I work. Before talking to a person, I was prompted to enter my username and password on the numeric keypad: ...
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Can viruses transfer from phone to computer over the network?

I don't know if this is the right place to ask but I heard that adult websites (porn) had viruses. I used to look up porn on my iPhone (I won't anymore) and I understand that there aren't viruses for ...