According to new research from Princeton University, the process of number recycling compromises user privacy and security (Old Mobile Phone number)
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Mumbai: What exactly happens to the old mobile number after changing the phone number? Have you ever had such a question? Mobile carriers recycle your old number and give it to a new user. Number exhaustion is the method used by telecom companies to prevent number exhaustion. However, this process is not safe for older users who use that number. This is because the data associated with the old number becomes accessible to the new user. This puts your privacy and security at risk. (Old Mobile Phone number can be used to gain access to your Private Security Information)
According to new research from Princeton University, the process of number recycling compromises user privacy and security. The recycle number provides new users with information related to the old user’s number. If you forget to update the new number in all your digital accounts after changing the number, then your personal information will be leaked.
What is Princeton University research?
A journalist took a new number, according to new research from Princeton University. But he was getting messages about blood test, spa appointment. Upon learning of this, a team of researchers at Princeton University verified 200 recycle numbers for a week. Nineteen of them, about 10 per cent, said they received a call or message related to confidentiality or security. (Such as authentication passcode, reminder) The recycle number provides such sensitive information to new users who receive it unintentionally. Therefore, they have a fair chance to take advantage, said researcher Arvind Narayan about the report.
What are the five dangers of number recycling for older users?
1. Phishing Attack
2. It is possible to reset the password of digital account without updating the number
3. OTP can be obtained from digital account without updating number (bank account may also be included)
4. If someone sends WhatsApp message to your old number, it is possible to cheat them by chatting
5. Possibility to subscribe to newsletters, campaigns
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How to be careful?
The most important thing is to update your new number in all digital accounts associated with the previous number after changing the phone number.
1. Social media accounts like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Gmail
Important documents like Aadhar Card, PAN Card, Passport, Voter Card, Driving License
3. Financial transactions – All bank accounts
4. Light bill, gas bill and other alert sending systems
5. Entertainment, e-commerce, food delivery apps like Zomato, Amazon, Netflix
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