As you are aware, smart phones are, or can be, as susceptible to phishing attempts as are computers although it is called “smishing” when used on or against phones. And the aim is the same as it is with your computer – to plant something in your operating system to either screw it up for you or to enable them to download all your data.
What prompts this posting is this: a little while ago I received the following text message:
Hey, it’s Sarah! I just made a profile on “justhookupcanada.com” I added some pics too
This came from a telephone number with a 226 area code, which according to what I can find covers southwestern Ontario – London and Windsor being the two major cities in that code. Well, I haven’t lived in London since 1957 and don’t recall any classmates named Sarah. And in the intervening years, not only have I moved many times, I’ve also changed my name, so I doubt this is anyone from my past in London. As for Windsor, last time I was there was the mid-80’s and that was a business trip. The other area code in that area is 519, so the possibility “Sarah” made a transposition error in entering the number is extremely remote, since my area code contains a zero.
That leaves the only logical reason for this text as being smishing. There is a link to follow and to increase the chances of someone following it, the bait is that “Sarah” has posted photos of herself there. Sorry “Sarah” I have no idea who the hell you are, so I’m not biting.
To my readers, remember that your smart phone has more computing power than early computers. Protect it the same as you would your computer – laptop, desktop, whatever. And as with spam email, don’t follow links from unknown senders.
Enjoy your week or if, like me, you have a long weekend, enjoy that as well and remember to hug an artist – we need love too.