From Tom Slovenski, of Cellular Forensics
How do you protect a client and their information from thieving eyes and stalking ex-lovers? How do you protect your own phone as well. Here are a few simple tips.
- Never let anyone you do not know use your cell phone. Don’t loan it out.
- If the phone is lost or stolen and then recovered, do not use it to transmit sensitive date until it has been thoroughly checked by a cellular professional as it could have become infected.
- Turn off the “Bluetooth” when not is use. There is no need for an “open door” when you are not using a secure headset. For added security, use a wired headset.
- Do not accept any connection with which you are not familiar. If you are sitting in a Starbucks and your phone is asking permission to hook on to a device with which you are not familiar…refuse the connection.
- Do not open attachments from a party you do not know
- Password protect your phone. This will eliminate 95% of problems. If the phone is locked down, the bad guy can’t get into it.
What if the person thinks the phone is already “bugged”? What are some of the signs?
- Are there too many “coincidences” in the client’s life? Is the information being transmitted from their phone seemingly winding up in someone else’s hands. In a conversation, does the other party relate confidential information you did not disclose to them?
- Was the phone recently lost and then recovered?
- Has the person recently been through a traumatic experience with an ex-lover, spouse or business partner?
- Is the person in the midst of a highly charged court battle?
- Is the battery area hot to the touch? (The extra transmissions of the spyware to the other party pulls on the battery power)
- Does the battery drain quicker than it used to? (Again, more transmissions, less power)
- Does the phone light up for no reason?
For the complete article, see PI Magazine, June 2009 edition, or Tom’s website, www.cellularforensics.com, then click on Articles.