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Hundreds of Millions of People May Have Had Their Text Messages Exposed Online

Are you using an encrypted text messaging app? If not, your private SMS text messages probably were left open online for anyone and everyone to read for an extended period of time. The Texas-based text messaging firm TrueDialog is thought to be responsible for the leak, the cybersecurity experts said.

The publicly-accessible information included access to online medical services along with passwords and usernames to websites such as Google and Facebook. Millions of Americans are at risk. The research team that discovered the problem was able to access the text messages because the logs were “completely unsecured and unencrypted.”

Details may be found an article by Dalvin Brown in the USA Today web site at: http://bit.ly/2r1DX3I.

If you have been using old-fashioned text messaging, you need to investigate end-to-end encrypted text messaging replacement apps by starting at: https://duckduckgo.com/?q=end-to-end+encrypted+text&t=brave&ia=web. If both you and the person you are communicating with use the same end-to-end encrypted text messaging app, nobody else will be able to read your messages, even if those messages get captured along the way. Anyone else who attempts to read your text messages will only see something that looks like this:

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Categories: Online Privacy & Security

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