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Tom Hardy ‘Buys, Bins And Burns’ Cheap Phones To Avoid Hackers

'We’re burning numbers left, right and centre.'

02/06/2016 11:28

Tom Hardy has revealed he constantly changes his phone and phone number in a bid to protect his privacy.

The British actor has admitted he is so paranoid about being hacked that he buys ‘burner’ phones, cheap pre-paid mobile handsets, which he bins regularly.

The ‘Dark Knight’ actor also revealed he uses private offline servers so potential hackers can’t access his private photographs and information.

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Tom Hardy with a phone he's probably already ditched.

“We get hacked all the time,” he told the Evening Standard.

"People go on to messengers and try to set up accounts with profiles, or try to get into the phone itself, or they get hold of the number and they start fishing about, and my family as well, anyone I’m related to.

“You just have to bin and burn the phone and start again, we have to go through burners.

“We’re burning numbers left, right and centre.”

Tom’s extreme security measures come after the iCloud accounts of a number of celebrities were hacked.

The most high-profile case was of ‘Hunger Games’ actress Jennifer Lawrence, who had nude photographs leaked after hackers accessed her iCloud account in 2014.

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Tom added: “Everything just gets riddled - it’s my mum, my dad, everyone. I’ll burn numbers and then I’ll have private offline servers for my email accounts.

“It’s quite painful when you think about, we’re quite normal people in that aspect.

“My mum and dad don’t need to have their photos of stuff gone through or any of their private messages just because people want to find or piece together something maybe prurient or salacious, and even worse take money from people or move things around.”

He 'Mad Max' star also revealed that he doesn’t use iCloud after the 2014 hacking scandals, which also saw the likes of Kate Upton and Kirsten Dunst targeted.

“I don’t touch iCloud, I’ve been advised not to by security specialists and analysts,” he said.

"I'm not knocking it but I was advised to avoid that and keep my stuff in a certain place, it's actually a really negative aspect of doing my job."

Last month it was revealed that Tom is set to make a cameo appearance in the upcoming ‘Star Wars 8’ film.

The next installment of the franchise is currently in production, and according to the Making Star Wars blog, the ‘Mad Max’ actor will pop up in it.

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