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The Hidden Dangers in Your Phone Number

Oct 03, 2019 | 16 videos
Video by The Atlantic

Identity theft isn’t usually something that keeps people up at night. It should, argues the former Atlantic writer Taylor Lorenz: “You don’t ever worry about it until it happens to you.”

In a new episode of The Idea File, Lorenz explains how giving out your phone number could lead to a devastating hack—even when your phone is sitting in your pocket. She also offers guidance on how to better inoculate yourself against exposing sensitive personal data.

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Authors: Catherine Spangler, Sophia Myszkowski

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