Google Fi Launches 'Number Lock' To Combat SIM Swapping And Enhance User Security

This can give them access to your calls, texts, two-factor authentication codes, and potentially even financial accounts linked to your number.
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Google Fi Wireless has introduced a new security feature called ‘Number Lock’ to combat the rising threat of SIM swapping. SIM swapping is a type of cyber attack where a malicious actor tricks your carrier into transferring your phone number to a new SIM card in their possession. This can give them access to your calls, texts, two-factor authentication codes, and potentially even financial accounts linked to your number.
The Number Lock feature acts as a digital safeguard against these attempts. Once activated, it locks your phone number to your current SIM card. Any efforts to transfer your number to a new SIM, even by contacting customer service, will be denied unless you disable Number Lock. This added layer of security significantly reduces the risk of fraudsters hijacking your phone number.
To activate Number Lock, Google Fi users can manage the feature through their online account or the Fi app. The process is straightforward: navigate to the settings, find the Number Lock option, and enable it. After activation, users will receive a confirmation notification, ensuring peace of mind that their number is securely locked and protected.
Google Fi’s introduction of Number Lock is a proactive step to enhance user security amid increasing cybersecurity threats. By making it harder for attackers to carry out SIM swapping, Google Fi is helping users safeguard their personal information and financial accounts. This feature is part of a broader effort to provide more robust security measures and protect users from emerging cyber threats.
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