Phone hacking involves any method where someone forces access into your phone or its communications. This can range from advanced security breaches to simply listening in on unsecured internet connections.
It can also involve physical theft of your phone and forcibly hacking into it via methods like brute force. Phone hacking can happen to all kinds of phones, including Androids and iPhones.
Since anyone can be vulnerable to phone hacking, we recommend that all users learn how to identify a compromised device.
SIGNS PHONE IS BEING HACKED
Strange or inappropriate pop ups: Bright, flashing ads or X-rated content popping up on your phone may indicate malware.
Texts or calls not made by you: If you notice text or calls from your phone that you didn’t make, your phone may be hacked.
Higher than normal data usage: There are many reasons for high data usage (for example, increased use of a new app). But if your phone behavior has stayed the same and your data usage has skyrocketed, it’s time to investigate.
Apps you don’t recognize on your phone: Keep in mind that new phones often come with pre-downloaded apps. But if you notice new apps popping up once you already own the phone, there may be malware involved.
Battery draining quickly: If your phone use habits have remained the same, but your battery is draining more quickly than normal, hacking may be to blame.
How can my phone be hacked?
Hackers can gain access to your phone in several ways, but they almost all require action on your part. For example, your phone can be hacked if you have:
1. Downloaded a malicious app
To avoid downloading an app that may be embedded with malware, only select apps from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.
You should also confirm that the developer listed for the app is correct. For example, the developer for the Gmail app should only be listed as Google LLC.
And lastly, read the app reviews. The majority of the reviews should be positive.
2.Clicked on a malicious link
If you receive an email or text from a sender you don’t know, avoid clicking any included links or downloading any attachments. There’s a chance they may include malware.
3. Used unsecured public Wi-Fi
Using your phone to browse on public Wi-Fi can increase the chances of your phone being vulnerable to hacking. To keep your connections safer, use a VPN (virtual private network) for encryption and online privacy
WHAT TO WATCH OUT :Secure Smartphone Tips
1. Use mobile security software—These days your smartphone is just as data rich as your computer. Make sure to protect your critical information, and your privacy, by using comprehensive mobile security software that not only protects you from online threats, but offers anti-theft and privacy protection.
2. Lock your device & don’t store passwords—Make sure that you are using a passcode or facial ID to lock your device when you’re not using it. This way, if you lose your phone it will be more difficult for a stranger to access your information.
Also, remember not to save password or login information for banking apps and other sensitive accounts. You don’t want a hacker to be able to automatically login as you if they do gain access to your device.
3.Avoid using public Wi-Fi—Free Wi-Fi networks, like those offered in hotels and airports, are often unsecured. This makes it easy for a hacker to potentially see the information you are sending over the network. Also, be wary of using public charging stations, unless you choose a “charging only” cable that cannot access your data.
4. Never leave your device unattended in public—While many threats exist online, you still have to be aware of real-world threats, like someone grabbing your device when you’re not looking. Keep your smartphone on you, or within view, while in public.
If you have a “phone visibility” option, turn it off. This setting allows nearby devices to see your phone and exchange data with it.
5. Stay aware—New mobile threats are emerging all the time. Keep up on the latest scams and warning signs, so you know what to look out for.