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Is your phone hacked? How to verify and what to do next

Is your phone hacked? How to verify and what to do next

Hacking has turned into an unethical, albeit well-organized business and many hackers have even started hiring the salaried professionals to help them with their expert hacking skills. Hence, you need to be very careful while using your mobile phones as you would certainly not like to be a victim of a hidden malware that quietly steals your sensitive data and sends it to the hackers who would like to misuse it for their vested interests. Let us know about some warning signs that indicate that your phone has been hacked or being injected with some malware:

 

The unreasonable decrease in battery life 

If you are not using many apps and still observe a significant decrease in your battery life that seems to be an irreparable condition then it is very likely that your hone might have been hacked.

The smart malware remains hidden and silently keeps on consuming oodles of battery power to gather, organize and send your private information to the hacker. It significantly reduces your battery power without any apparent reason (as this malware can smartly hide their presence ad activates). 

 

Choppy performance regularly

Experiencing choppy performances occasionally isn’t a huge problem and nearly every phone user might have experienced the same. However, if you regularly find your phone applications crashing or suddenly hanging up during various processes then you should get alerted. The possibility of a sinister malware claiming your phone’s resources cannot be ruled out especially if you don’t find other tangible reason behind the snappy performance. 

 

In many cases, the less advanced malware might automatically reveal their presence by automatically loading different applications which is an obvious sign that your phone has been hacked and is controlled by a third party or the tamed malware injected by the smart hackers.

 

High Data usage

If you are using a post-paid plan then it is not unusual to end up paying higher than expected bills at the end go billing duration. However, the significant difference in amount calls for scrutiny.

Begin by monitoring your phone data usage. Have you started playing the demanding VR games or increasing the frequency or duration of net browsing? Is there any other tangible reason for higher data connectivity bills? If the answer is “No”  then there is a more serious factor to worry about (other than the higher bills). Your phone might have been hacked and the malware is absorbing more data for executing various tasks right from spying your logins to collect the passwords to using advanced techniques to get the details of your payment cards. 

 

Higher bills and unknown numbers

Likewise, some highly advanced hackers can also fool your phone to call the number with premium calling rates and channel the amount to their wallets.

In that case, you can check for a detailed statement of all the calls made during a specific period and carefully go trough various number. If you spot any number(s) that you didn’t contact then you have likely become the target of a smart hacker.

 

Too many popups

We all know that the popup can be highly irritable. However, there seems to be no way you and get 100% rid of the popup. But if you start observing frequent and too many pop-ups displaying weird information that does not align with your interests or the sites/app you generally use on your phone then it is a strong indication that these apps are the adware.

It is another smart technique used by the malicious elements for compelling you to click on the pay per click ads for meeting their vested commercial interests. The problem could even be greater as many phishing attackers also use the popup asking you to fill the sensitive data. The repeated popup might make one so much annoyed that s/he might end up typing the information in order to get rd of the pop-up. Be wise and don’t do that as even the innocuous information like email can be used for phishing attacks.

It is best to click a back button or cross button instantly. The readers are strictly advised not to click any other button as those buttons might be deceiving. For instance, by clicking on the button named close you might have granted some sensitive permission to the malware that will put your phone at risk. Even the cross button needs to be clicked carefully. As far as possible it is best to click the back button or simply power off your phone. If the problem persists act quickly and take it to a certified mobile software mechanic. 

 

Conclusion

You need to be extremely careful for keeping your phone safe from hacking instances and malware The best solution is to carefully follow the best security standards that will protect your phone against such instances. At the same time constantly monitoring the behavior and suspicious changes will also help you figure out any possibility of security issues before it is too late.

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