Spam texts continue to find their way onto our phones. Spammers send their texts en masse, it is possible that you even receive multiple spam texts in a single day.

Spam Text Message with a Link

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Usually, attackers include a link in their spam texts that lead to a dangerous website. Opening the linked webpage can result in having your passwords stolen or receiving even more spam texts (no body wants that!)

After getting a spam text, you might have opened the link by accident. Or maybe you were curious and decided to click the link. In either scenario, if you are worried that the text is spam and the link was unsafe, here is what you can do to protect yourself.

Close the Webpage Right Away

The first thing to do if you accidentally click on a link from a spam text is to close the webpage. This basic step protects you from the link doing any further damage. Or you accidentally clicking something else.

Next time, avoid clicking on links in any unwanted text messages. You should not use the link preview feature either to peek at the link. Do not open links from texts you were not expecting to receive.

It is also a good idea to go ahead and delete the text message with the link. Deleting the message prevents you from accidentally clicking on the link again.

Never Enter Passwords or Personal Information

Never directly enter your password into a webpage that you opened from a link. You cannot be 100% certain that this website is legitimate. The fake website might be trying to trick you into giving them your password.

Instead, go to the website through your browser without copying and pasting the link. Use Google or the webpage address to reach the official site. This prevents you from accidentally entering your password onto the wrong website that will steal it.

Spotting phishing links is hard. If you were lucky enough to realize the link was spam before you entered any information, good job! You can skip the next section.

Reset Your Password

Unfortunately, if you did not realize the link was spam until it is too late, you will need to take some additional steps.

If you think your password was stolen, the first thing to do is reset your password. This prevents the attacker from using the password they stole and protects your account.

In the event you entered your credit card or financial information on a spam website. Contact your bank or financial institution to secure your account.

Update Your Phone’s Operating System

Update iPhone Operating System

Closing the linked webpage does not guarantee 100% safety from a spam text. While more rare, some websites contain viruses or malware.

It is hard to tell if a website contained malware without further investigation. However, one of the best protective measures is keeping your phone’s operating system up to date.

Operating system updates are important for protecting your phone against known threats. OS updates patch vulnerabilities in your phone’s software that attackers can exploit. Make sure to regularly check for updates and install them immediately.

How to Update your iPhone

On iPhone, go to your settings app, then ‘General’ and press ‘Software Update’. If there is an iOS update available you should download and install it right away.

You can also enable automatic updates to keep your phone up-to-date with the latest version of iOS. Press ‘Automatic Updates’ and switch the toggle for both Download and Install updates.

Read more about how to update your iPhone from Apple’s Website

Updating your operating system is similar for Android devices, follow this guide for more information.

Block Spam Texts with Dont Text

Blocking spam texts before they hit your phone is a good first line of defense. Prevent your future self from accidentally clicking on links in spam texts by blocking them.

Dont Text is a free iPhone app for blocking spam texts. Download Dont Text from the App Store to get started.

Setup Spam Text Message Filtering

After installing Dont Text, you need to enable text message filtering in your settings. Open the settings app, then go to ‘Messages’, then ‘Unknown & Spam’. Toggle the button to enable text message filtering and make sure to check Dont Text. This gives Dont Text permission to filter text messages on your phone.

Follow along with the complete guide for blocking spam texts with Dont Text

Block Spam with Keywords

Now it is time to add keywords in the app. Keywords filter incoming texts from numbers not saved in your contacts. Adding a ‘block’ keyword filters any text containing that word or phrase. Use ‘allow’ keywords to prevent text messages from being blocked that contain that phrase. ‘Allow’ keywords will always override ‘block’ keywords so you can ensure you never block the wrong texts.

Upgrade to Worry Free Filtering

Worry Free Filtering let’s you skip the hassle of setting keywords in the app. After you upgrade to Worry Free Filtering, Dont Text will automatically block spam texts that your keywords miss. With Dont Text, you can set it and forget it.

Stop worrying about accidentally clicking on links in spam texts. Upgrade to Worry Free Filtering today on the upgrade tab in the app.