Most common answering machines have a serious security flaw. If you know the “security code”, it is possible to remotely check answering machine messages.
Initially, you might say “Wow! That’s convenient!” However, there’s a serious problem. Most users do not change the default security code.
Even worse, the security code is a number from 00-99. With only 100 choices, a determined hacker could easily break in.
Most people are not aware that their answering machine has such a feature.
However, with cell phones and cell phone voicemail, it’s a less serious problem. There, you can use longer and more-secure passwords. Also, Verizon probably shouldn’t let someone check my voicemail unless they call from my phone.
I thought I had changed the security code on my answering machine. However, after a short power outage, it was reset. Also, looking at the options, I could change the security code, but not disable remote access completely.
That’s a serious security flaw in all answering machines. There’s a “remote access” code that lets other people check your messages. Most people don’t change the code. Even if you do change the code, it’s only a number from 00 to 99.