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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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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How hard is it to intercept SMS (two-factor authentication)?

A lot of two-factor authentication mechanisms use SMS to deliver single-use passphrase to the user. So how secure is it? Is it hard to intercept the SMS message containing the passphrase? Do mobile ...
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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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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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If someone asks to borrow your phone to make a call, what could they do?

A stranger walks up to you on the street. They say they lost their phone and need to make a phone call (has happened to me twice, and maybe to you). What's the worst a phone call could do? Let's ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Does a TMSI change often enough to prevent tracking?

A company called Path Intelligence has a product called Footpath which uses the TMSI, WiFi MAC address, and bluetooth MAC address to track phones as they move through stores. However, I don't see ...
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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 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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What is preventing us from sniffing the mobile phone communication?

I'm learning wireless penetration testing. It really is amazing. But it made me wonder, what about mobile phones? They are also means of wireless communication. So, our entire voice must be in the air ...
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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 bring my own phone. I am considering using my own phone, to avoid having an extra device, but I want to better ...
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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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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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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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Do secure phone lines exist?

I could be out of context here about security, but , I would like to know if phone lines or phone calls over VOIP could be made secure . I know that Skype and other VOIP service providers have to ...
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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 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 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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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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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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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 ...