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Three UK Rescue is brought to customers in cooperation with Asurion. The idea is to provide extensive insurance policy that would meet all possible needs of Three’s customers. You could insure your phone against pet damage or flushing a phone in the toilet, as well as lending to friends and family. You can have your phone replaced internationally for 20 pounds extra. While domestic replacement should happen next day with the same model delivered(as long as the claim is not accepted during the weekend).
Three Rescue is also an application to increase customer protection. The app can back up your data, track your lost phone online, remotely set off a sound alarm if you lost your phone or even completely wipe the content of your phone.
Monthly premium can cost from as little as £2 for the most basic phone to £10 for state-of-the-art devices like iPhone 5s or Samsung Galaxy S4.
Margie Waltasaari from Three UK said ‘Mobile phone insurance has a poor reputation due to slow processes, widespread cover exemptions and low service levels. We believe Three Rescue will address that through a combination of great service and the extra steps we take to help our customers to get their mobile lives back.’
Security experts have found out a security flaw that may make some SIM cards vulnerable to hackers
SIM card bug. There are over 7 billion SIM cards in use around the world and all of them are carrying personal and delicate data such as subscribers’ identity, phone numbers, account details, etc. However, we tend to think that SIM cards are very well protected and the coding standard being quite reliable cannot be hacked so easily. This notion may have to change soon as people from Security Research Labs claim that they have pinpointed a security bug that could potentially affect millions of SIM cards. The issue is connected with over-the-air (OTA) updates which can be sent to a SIM card via a text message. Cryptographers from Security Research Labs found a way a crack such SIM update keys and get access to a SIM card remotely. Then through that security hole they successfully can do such things like copying the SIM card and all the data in it, installing malware that may for example send texts to premium numbers.
The good news is that only older SIM cards can be hacked this way and it is estimated that 1 out of 8 may be affected. Nevertheless, this still means that more than half a million SIM cards can be hacked via an SMS. Security Research Labs have some suggestion on how to prevent your SIM card from being hacked using OTA on their website. They have also announced that their research will be presented at Black Hat security conference on July 31 in Las Vegas.