Nowadays, we use our phones to do everything from buying groceries to chatting with our friends. Phones are a huge part of our lives and if someone was to infiltrate your life, an easy way to do that would be through your phone. This is exactly what hackers do. They get to you through your phone.
Hackers would get into your phone through a source, such as a malicious website, app, or email. Then, they get easy access to all your information such as bank account details, email address, physical address, name, and even social security number sometimes. This is why it is important that you take the necessary measures to keep your phone protected from hackers.
Signs that my Phone is Hacked
Even though you cannot be 100% positive about your phone being hacked, you can check for symptoms. Once you know your phone is hacked, you can go ahead and do something about it. There are a few things that you would notice if your phone is hacked.
One of the first signs of your phone being hacked is that it will start working slowly. This is because there is malware working in the background and that has a negative impact on your phone’s performance. Everything from switching between apps to the Internet will be slow.
However, this is not an exact way to say that your phone has been hacked. Slow speed could be due to other reasons too. Still, it is one symptom that you can look out for. If it is coupled with other symptoms, then you can be wary that your phone is hacked.
Receiving and Sending Spam Messages
You will lose much control of your phone if it is hacked as the hackers will be able to use data or send text messages. Since there will be malware, your contact list might receive spam messages from your number.
If anyone from your contact list has told you about such a thing, then you can expect that your device might have a virus. You can even receive spam text messages on your phone from unknown sources if your phone has been hacked.
Unknown Apps on Your Phone
Hackers can get into your phone and steal a lot of your information. Not only that but they can also control messages, emails, and app installations. Sometimes, hackers might get into your phone through these apps too. This is why it is important that you keep checking for any unknown apps if you are seeing other symptoms of hacking too.
If you use an iPhone, you can check for installed apps through the App Store. Tap on your Profile icon and then tap Purchased. You will be able to see the apps that you ever installed on your phone. See if there is an app that you do not remember installing or is unknown to you. Delete this app as it might be causing trouble.
To check for installed apps on Google Store, open the store and tap the menu icon on the left side of the screen. From the option, tap My Apps & games. This will show you all the apps that you have ever installed on your phone.
Another sign of the device being hacked is that the phone’s battery drains very quickly. This happens because other apps or programs are running in the background that you are not even aware of.
First of all, there is a virus or malware on your phone that is monitoring everything you do.
Secondly, your activity is being sent to third parties. This uses up most of the battery. When this happens, the device will also be hotter since it is overworked. If you notice that your device is physically hotter or gets hot quickly, then it might be due to malware.
- To check battery usage on Android, go to settings and then to Battery.
- This will show you how much battery is remaining. To see if the device battery is being used up too quickly, tap on Battery Usage.
- Now, you will be able to see a graph for battery usage.
- From here, you can figure out if the battery is being drained too quickly.
You will see the battery usage of different apps under the graph. If you spot an app that you did not download and it is using up the battery, then you should immediately delete it. If you are an iPhone user, you can check the battery usage by going to Settings and then to Battery.
Then, tap on Battery Usage to see the battery usage of the background and foreground. You can see the battery consumption for the whole week to check if the battery has been draining fast for a few days now.
Apps do Not Work Properly
Since the hackers would be messing with your phone, the phone would not be able to perform well. The normal apps on your phone might not work properly. One of the following could happen:
- The app might get too slow or some features would not load.
- The app might close on its own.
- You might see an error that the app has crashed or has stopped working.
If you keep seeing messages like this for normal apps on your phone, then it might be a sign that your device is hacked.
Extra SMS activity and Bill Charges
Hackers can use your data to make international calls or send SMSs, to transmit the data on your device to a third party. Due to this, the SMS usage on your phone will increase and obviously, your phone bill will also be higher. You can check for this in one of the two ways:
- Check your phone bill. If there is a higher charge for SMSs than your usual bill, then there is a reason to get suspicious.
- Secondly, you can check for SMS usage in the Battery usage option. If SMS is using up more battery than it normally does, then it means that hackers are using your device for proxying via it.
Unusual Pop-ups on Your Phone
Another way to see if your device has been hacked is to notice pop-ups. If you see unusual pop-ups on your phone, it means your device’s security could be compromised. Do not click on any of the links in these pop-ups.
As you can see in this pop-up, the grammar is quite wrong. So, it cannot be from an authorized or trusted source such as Microsoft. You should not click on any such link or message as it can bring malware to your phone or take you to a site where the hackers want to take you.
Emails sent from your device go to Spam
If the emails that you send from your device are being sent to the spam folder or are being blocked by spam filters, it means that your device might be hacked. Ask your friends if they receive your emails. If your emails go to their spam folder, it means that the hackers have changed the email configuration on your phone and some third party is reading your messages.
The device goes to Bad Sites
When your phone is hacked, the network connection is also compromised. It is possible that your device might be trying to access bad sites, without you knowing about it. If you have noticed other symptoms on your phone, then you can get this checked using a certain technology.
Websites are Different
You can be certain that your device has been hacked if you see websites differently from the way they used to be displayed. This is because the hackers would add their own instructions and information on the websites.
They might show you ads or put hyperlinks to redirect you to malicious websites. Thus, if you feel that the website you are on is being displayed differently from its normal state, then you should get off it.
What to do if my Phone is Hacked?
If your phone is hacked, you should, first and foremost, look for suspicious apps. You can do this by checking the installed apps on your phone. Delete any app that you have never used or do not recognize. The simplest way to get rid of hackers is by resetting the phone. However, for this, you will need to make a backup of your data.
For both Android and iPhone, you have to go to Settings and scroll down in Generals settings. The Reset option is almost always the last option in the Settings list. Tap it and then select Erase All Data or Erase Everything. When the phone restarts, make sure to download an antivirus for your phone so that you can stay safe from any future privacy breach.
Your phone being hacked is not only irritating but it is also a huge security threat. Thus, you should notice anything unusual on your phone to detect if your device is hacked. Hopefully, you will know by now how to check for signs that your device is hacked.