I have some questions regarding IMEI numbers and data and identity theft. While searching online I have found many conflicting answers regarding this topic and would like some clarification if possible.
Hypothetically, an enemy of mine gets a hold of the IMEI number and only the IMEI number of my smartphone. Can he steal or view my data with it?
As far as I know, with an IMEI number, you can report a phone stolen and it will get blocked. Or you can clone the IMEI on another device. What are the implications and consequences if someone clones my IMEI on another device other than the risk of getting the IMEI blocked?
I have also read that if a person has your IMEI number they can easily hack into your WhatsApp account, if they also have your phone number, since the IMEI is viewed as the password for WhatsApp.
My biggest concern is not that my phone would get blocked, it is that someone that has my IMEI number can view my personal data on my smartphone. Emails, pictures, texts, social media, eavesdropping etc... Can someone do that with just the IMEI number? And if so, why is this number so easily obtainable? You can find it on the box of the smartphone and numerous other ways to obtain it on the phone. Including some apps that make use of it. I also see people posting their IMEI on forums. How safe is that?