POSTED: Monday, March 11, 2013 - 4:39pm
UPDATED: Monday, March 11, 2013 - 4:50pm
Tyler TX (KETK) — Computer hackers are getting smarter as technology advances.
They are now able to access your personal information through your smartphone.
Even your most personal information like your bank account.
If you are a smartphone user, which is nearly 200 million people in America, experts are suggesting to not click on an alert or open a link from someone you do not know.
These unknown alerts or text messages on your phone are most likely from a scammer trying to get your personal information.
Opening these unknown programs makes it easier for hackers to spread Malware and find more personal things about you.
"If it is not something you've signed up for if it's nothing you registered for, you can pretty much assume that it's something that is going to try to download to your phone. It's a scam. You don't want to click on anything you don't know where the source is from," said Communication Assistant for the Better Business Bureau Kaylen Burgess.
Burgess says anyone with a smartphone is a target.
"As technology advances scams advance along with it, people become smarter, they become more savvy and try to gain your information and steal it."
Even though most people find this terrifying, some say it's not surprising. We asked some East Texans what they thought about this.
"I've kind of seen that coming for a long time."
"I'm not really surprised. If something new comes along someone is going to figure out a way to cheat it. That's the way it is."