Phone Boosters Could Make It Easier For Hackers to Get Your Info
Written by Erin MacPherson
Last updated on July 19, 2013 @ 7:08PM
Created on July 19, 2013 @ 5:28PM

Here in our mountain state there are a lot of areas where we can't get service. So many of you may have range extenders, more commonly known as phone boosters. But those could be making your cell phones easier to hack into.

After doing some research only one brand of the boosters was hacked into and company representatives say they think they've fixed the problem. But 5 News talked to people in Harrison County and they were surprised to hear their phones could be hacked into.

"We have one in our house. I believe we have one in each one of our vehicles and I think my son has one too," said Sheila Cottrill, Harrison County Resident.

Our mountain state has many areas without service so most residents have phone boosters. These are basically really strong antennas to boost your phone signal and are only sold by third party stores. But Cottrill said she didn't know there was a risk to using them.

Cottrill said, "I was shocked because I had no idea. I never gave it any thought. But I was wondering why and how?"

"Obviously the thought of anyone hacking into your private area, whether it's your phone or whether it's your debit card, I think we need protections against that," said Steve Dunham, Harrison County Resident.

Some of the people I met said they aren't aware of people hacking their phones because of the boosters and they didn't seem too concerned about.

"I haven't had any problem with it. I've used in Utah, Wyoming, and South Texas. I just recently started using it around here because there's no service once you get up in the hills. I recommend it. I sure do. I don't pay bills over my phone or anything. So i guess if anyone did hack into my phone, I guess they wouldn't find much of anything out," said Barry Minter, Visitor.

Cottrill said this may make it easier but if someone wanted her information, they could get it anyway.

"If someone really wanted to hack into something or steal your identity or get your information, there are ways people know how to do those things. So it's a risk you take anyway," said Cottrill.

Officials haven't released how the booster made it easier for phones to be hacked. But once 5 News gets that information we'll tell you and we'll even give you some tips on how to prevent your phone from being hacked.


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