The “Golden Rules” of SMS Cyber Safety

  1. Never open an SMS from a brand you don’t use—just delete it
  2. Never click a link in an SMS unless you are expecting that very specifically—even then my advice would be to avoid all links
  3. If the message is from your bank or Amazon or Apple or another brand you use, then login the usual way and do not opt for the quick link provided
  4. Don’t leave suspect SMS messages in your inbox—delete them and then block the numbers to avoid any further messages
  5. Filter unknown senders if you can, to separate them from known traffic; and when you get OTPs or updates from your accounts, save the number