WHAT IS IT?
The FTC just issued a new warning for anyone with a custom voicemail that uses your voice. Uh, why? Scammers are using artificial intelligence to clone people’s voices.
Hackers can use your “voice fingerprint” to access your voice-protected financial records or rip off your relatives. Lovely. The best way to avoid this? Delete your outgoing voicemail message that uses your voice and replace it with a generic robot voice.
“Is it me you’re looking for?”
But wait, there’s more! You should also stop saying “Hello?” when you answer the phone to a number you don’t recognize.
If you decide to pick up an unknown call, stay quiet until the person on the other end speaks. If they don’t say a word, hang up.
For good measure, you might as well block the call, too.
Consider where else you may be posting audio and video of yourself.