Yet another good reason to not rely on SMS/MMS messages

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This ancient standard needs to go away. You can play your part - switch to messenger with end-to-end encryption like WhatsApp, Viber, Signal (even if you have iPhone - those messenger apps are better because they allow you to communicate with any Android and PC user using encryption) and stop using SMS for any kind of verification. Luckily most of the world outside of US already does that, hopefully people in US will do this too. Also hopefully next RCS messaging version will bring end-to-end encryption so people won't have to rely on third-party methods.
 

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FYI ..The information they leaked was solely related to automated messaging through TrueDialog. They don’t have access to your personal texts between friends, etc.

Irrelevant to 99.9% of text messages.
 

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FYI ..The information they leaked was solely related to automated messaging through TrueDialog. They don’t have access to your personal texts between friends, etc.

Irrelevant to 99.9% of text messages.
Yes I know, but it still shows how easy it is to gain access to such info. Instead of TrueDialog it can be your cellular provider - they do store your SMS/MMS messages. Even Google does not store them if you use RCS messaging using their servers - they delete messages once it is delivered which is already a better security method (of course it is not a replacement for end-to-end encryption).
 

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Yes I know, but it still shows how easy it is to gain access to such info. Instead of TrueDialog it can be your cellular provider - they do store your SMS/MMS messages. Even Google does not store them if you use RCS messaging using their servers - they delete messages once it is delivered which is already a better security method (of course it is not a replacement for end-to-end encryption).
I don't know why cellular providers even bother to store this stuff. It creates a huge liability for them if it gets hacked, and on top of that, it costs more than just deleting them once they're delivered. And if they're ever served with a subpoena, they could literally avoid the expense of looking up the data and providing it by just saying (truthfully) that they don't have it.
 

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