How I Got SIM Swapped — and How to Protect Yourself – Ep.105

Laura recounts the tale of how she got SIM swapped, what mistakes she made, and what she did to secure her accounts and get her phone number back. She also reveals how, despite having shored up her security years before, she actually was still vulnerable. She also reveals the results of an investigation her mobile carrier did into what happened and what steps the mobile carrier is taking to deal with phone hijackings. Plus, she gives tips on how you can protect your cryptocurrency, financial accounts, data and more from SIM swapping attacks.

Due to the holidays, there’s no news recap this week, but if you are with friends and family whose digital lives need some securing, then follow the tips in this episode together.

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Episode links: 

My tweet about being SIM Swapped: https://twitter.com/laurashin/status/1182855237020901377?s=20

Unchained episode on protecting yourself from SIM swapping: https://unchainedpodcast.com/how-to-keep-your-crypto-from-being-stolen-via-your-phone/

Forbes article on phone hijackings — sadly, despite being published in 2016, it’s not that outdated: https://www.forbes.com/sites/laurashin/2016/12/20/hackers-have-stolen-millions-of-dollars-in-bitcoin-using-only-phone-numbers/

Detailed SIM Swapping Bible from MyCrypto and CipherBlade: https://medium.com/mycrypto/what-to-do-when-sim-swapping-happens-to-you-1367f296ef4d

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