How can I prevent my mobile phone from
When you hear the word 'hacker' you imagine a computer
genius spending hours trying to crack a complex system.
But when it comes to mobile phone hacking that is far from
Ten years ago mobile phones ‘helpfully’
came with default PINs for accessing voicemails (1234, 0000,
2222 etc). It was then your responsibility to change the
default to something unique which a lot of people didn’t
bother to do. A hacker could then call the mobile number
when the phone was switched off or engaged, access themenu
choices, enter the default PIN and they had access to the
voicemails. Mobile phone operators have since stopped this
practice and now users need to set up their own PINs.
Polices very from operator to operator however:
To access voicemail remotely a personalised PIN must have
been setup by the user. 'Easy to guess PINs' that contain
repeated numbers or consecutive numbers cannot be used.
PIN must be eight digits long. When first setting up a voicemail
auser will be asked to choose a PIN. Remote voicemail access
fromanother phone won't be possible until a unique PIN has
been setup by the user.
to access voicemail messages using another phone a user
will need to call a 'generic number' enter the number and
then enter the pin.
Dial mobile number and then press the Star (*) key to interrupt
greeting. At the prompt enter the PIN.
Until all mobile phone networks ban remote
access our advice to you is to set up a unique PIN, make
it hard to guess and change it regularly.