10 Signs That Your Smartphone Has Been Hacked

 

Most of the online data can now be accessed easily by everyone. If you want to learn some basic tips about how your smartphone can be hacked then you are in the right place. Whether it’s your Android, iPhone or Windows smartphone, the precious tips we are going to share here will surely help you to identify if your smartphone is hacked or not.  In the end, we will also give some useful tips and solutions to prevent it from happening.

10 Signs That Your Smartphone Has Been Hacked

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#10 Unknown Outgoing or Incoming Calls or Texts

If you see unknown numbers in your outgoing or incoming calls or some odd messages that are sent by your smartphone without your consent, then it could be a symptom that someone is playing with your smartphone.

#9 Your Smartphone’s Battery is Draining Quickly

If you notice a drastic change in your smartphone’s battery behavior as if your battery is draining quickly, it could be due to an unknown bad app that is running in the background. If your smartphone has good battery timing but suddenly it starts to drain quickly, it should raise red flags. Sometimes, this may happen due to some software or a hardware problem but it is better to take your phone to a mobile technician or consult your mobile manufacturer’s service.

#8 Your Browser’s Homepage is changed

In some cases, when you open up your browser, there is some other page opens rather than your default homepage. It means you have recently installed an app and along with that app, you have also installed a malicious toolbar that is now controlling your browser. This is a sign that you have installed adware or potentially harmful programs and your smartphone has been hacked.

#7 Your Smartphone Becomes Warm Unexpectedly

Unexpected or sudden warming of your smartphone is another sign that there’s a hidden app running in the background. Normally, a smartphone should not be warming unless it is overused. Heating is a sign of a defective phone or there is some hidden bad app running in the background. If you notice that your phone is overheating even though only a few apps are running, then it is a sign that something is wrong with your phone.

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#6 Your Smartphone Keeps Restarting or Doing Odd Things

If your smartphone restarts automatically or your apps turn off themselves or the numbers are dialed on their own, beware. It is a strong sign that some intruder is trying to hack your phone. So keep an eye out for this type of strange behavior.

#5 High data usage

You have purchased a 25 GB monthly mobile data plan but after a few days, you notice that half of your mobile data has been used. It is a strong sign that your smartphone’s security has been compromised. Someone has got control over your smartphone through a malware or spyware app.

#4 Lose Control on Your Smartphone

If you lose control over your smartphone’s important functions like switching off, camera, and gallery or unable to open some apps, then it could be a hacker behind the scene. You should have full control over your smartphone. If for some strange reason, you can’t turn off your phone or unable to access important apps, you might need to take your phone to a good mobile technician. In some cases, it could be due to some software problem but the technician will tell you what the exact problem is.

#3 Your Postpaid Bill Shows Unexpected Charges

Hackers can use your smartphone to make expensive overseas calls or send text messages. They do this either through a malicious program on your device or through a remote proxy that uses your phone as a gateway for making calls or SMS.

#2 New Apps Installed Without Your Consent

It is very hard to keep track of the apps if you already have a lot of apps installed on your smartphone. If you see an app on your smartphone that you did not install, immediately delete it. Search about that app online to find out if it is legit or fake.

#1 Unusual Pop-ups Appears On Your Smartphone

Beware if you see some unusual Pop-ups appear on your smartphone screen asking you to do certain tasks like clicking on the links they are showing to you.

How to Protect Your Smartphone

Here are some precautions you should adopt to prevent your smartphone from being hacked.

Phishing Attacks

If you get an unknown email that urges you to click on a URL, simply don’t click on that URL. Mark that email as Phishing or Spam.

Use App lock and don’t store passwords

Use a suitable app lock app so that no intruder could intervene in your smartphone. When you enter passwords for login to any site, the browser has asked to remember and store the password for you. Don’t use this feature for banking apps and other sensitive accounts.

Public Wi-Fi

Free public Wi-Fi networks in airports, hotels or parks are often unsecure. You may use these networks for browsing or downloading but never use them for online purchases or banking apps logins. Hackers may find it easier to see the information you are sending over the network.

Public Charging Station

Beware of using public mobile charging spots. Make sure to use “charging only” cable that cannot access your files.

Turn-Off Bluetooth Visibility

Always keep your Bluetooth visibility turned-off. Only enable it when you want to send or receive files from another device.

That’s all from my side. I hope these valuable tips will help you out in situations where your smartphone misbehaves.

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