There's a virus that can get into your phone just because you have it on.
It allows hackers to gain control, take your pictures, your contacts and whatever else you have stored in it.
And they do it without you ever knowing.
It's called a "BlueBorne" attack and uses Bluetooth to get in.
So any device you have with Bluetooth on, including voice-activated speakers could be vulnerable.
Because it depends on Bluetooth, the attack has to be launched within about 30 feet of the device
And phones with older operating systems are most vulnerable.
Data Doctors Ken Colburn says Apple fixed the problem with IPhone operating systems 10 or higher.
Go to your settings to find that.
It will tell you if your device is vulnerable.
Most companies have created a patch, or a fix to prevent the problem.
And you may have that fix if your phone gets updates.
Let Joe Know protects YOU the consumer. We expose scams and hold businesses accountable for their contracts and agreements. Most important, we share consumer red flags before they hit your wallet!
ABC15's Let Joe Know reports air every weekday during ABC15 News at 6pm. You can also find them here and on the Let Joe Know Facebook page.
Want to help Let Joe Know? Become a volunteer! Call 1-855-323-1515 and leave your name, number to start helping us help others.
SO YOU WANT TO KNOW: COMMON QUESTIONS, EASY ANSWERS
3-DAY CANCEL RULE
STOP JUNK MAIL
PREVENT ID THEFT
IMPROVE CREDIT SCORES
WEBSITES YOU WANT TO KNOW