How HulloMail could have prevented phone hacking

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How HulloMail could have prevented phone hacking

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It seems there is a better way to confound Piers Morgan and his like from hacking into your mobile messages.

(I used Spinvox but, when someone in power found out I liked it, they promptly closed it down)

Mobile phone developer HulloMail gives users the option to block any access to your messages via dial in. It's a new option in its SmartVoicemail doo dah. (Portal?)

Still, who cares how it works? The bottom line is, if Piers and Rupe had your number and a password, they still wouldn't be able to call your number and pick up your messages. Because Hullomail becomes the only way to pick up messages.

Better still, if he does try to hack into your voice mail system, Hullomail will alert you too.

The new invention is a reaction to the general public's vulnerability, which was only really revealed by the phone hacking scandal, according to Andy Munarriz, founder and CEO of HulloMail.

"After reading the high-profile reports regarding the various phone hacking cases, we wanted to provide a service which would give our customers total confidence in the security of their voicemail account," says Munarriz.

Hang on, doesn't that mean HuloMail is cashing in on our vulnerability? In a nice way, I suppose.

The feature that provides this peace of mind is called Access Control. "The recent incidents of poorly secured voicemail services are now preventable. Any attempts to access an account are instantly detected and the user notified immediately," says Munarriz.

The Access Control features builds on HulloMail's existing access safeguards, such as the enforcement of PIN number access for those users wishing to dial-in to access voice messages.

Access Control is the service that no mobile network operator has provided yet, says Munarriz, but they should have done.

"It's not just about the peace of mind that Access Control gives our subscribers," explains Munarriz, "it gives business and corporate users protection against possible corporate espionage or similar scenarios in the future."

The Access Control costs about six quid. Where do you download it from? They don't say. I guess you have to go to iTunes or the Android Marketplace.

This was first published in October 2011

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