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POSTED: Monday, July 15, 2013 - 5:43pm

UPDATED: Monday, July 15, 2013 - 6:13pm

New research reveals just how easy it is for someone to hack into your cell phone. If you live in a rural area, you may have a wireless cell phone network booster, or a Femtocell. Having one of these devices may boost you cell phone signal, but it can also boost your chances to get hacked for all the information in your cell phone. Everything—pictures, text messages, hackers can even record your phone calls. (see CNN Money’s full report on the wireless cell phone booster investigation here: http://money.cnn.com/2013/07/15/technology/security/femtocell-phone-hack/)

Kevin roper, from computer land in Tyler says, "Anything that the cellular phone is transmitting to the box can be compromised."

Hackers are always finding new ways to steal information Roper says, and as soon as they learn a new way to hack, they share that information to others. "Once somebody figures out a way around a wireless security one of the things they may do is publish that, " Roper says.

A computer security company called iSEC Partners found this Femtocell flaw about year ago.

Roper has a Femtocell at home, however he is also aware of the risks because he’s in the computer security business. He says they best thing to do is get extra protection. "There are additional pieces of software you can install on your cellular phone to further secure and encrypt the data."

Apps like Wickr, Silent Cript, and Silent Circle are used prevent these security risks But roper says, air on the side of certainty that someone could always be watching.

The Femtocell investigation was only targeting Verizon cell phones. However Verizon did release a statement saying they fixed the problem through a software update, but Roper says you can never be too safe.

For more cell phone and computer security tips visit: http://consumerreports.org/cro/magazine/2013/06/keep-your-phone-safe/ind...

The CNN investigation with iSEC Partners contrubuted to this article

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