Has your phone been hacked

How can you tell if your smartphone has been hacked?

Monday 20 July, 2020

We have previously written about the methods hackers can use to gain access to your smartphone, breaking the security and privacy settings and stealing your personal information. 

But, how can you tell if your smartphone has been hacked?

Here are a few of the tell-tale signs that your smartphone may have been hacked:

  • What’s that? Things on your phone that you don’t remember putting there or recognise. These could include new Apps, photos or video footage. There could also be logs of phone calls you haven’t made, or texts and emails you didn’t send. 
  • Why so slow? It could become evident that your smartphone is working much slower than it used to. It could also have much higher battery drain or feel much hotter than it has done in the past. This could be a sign of Malware working in the background. 
  • How much? You may notice that there are unusual spikes in your data use without you having changed the way you have always used your phone. Again, this could be a result of some Malware working in the background consuming your data allowance. 
  • Not again? You may start to experience an increase in the number of Apps crashing or not operating the way you would expect. There could also be a rise in the Apps being switched off unexpectedly, or failing to load properly. 
  • Stop popping up! Finally, you may notice a large increase in the number of pop ups you are seeing. This could be a result of some spyware or malware working in the background. 

These results from hackers are not only extremely annoying, they are also dangerous to your personal data and information.  What can you do if you suspect that your smartphone has been hacked?

Here are the first things to do:

  • Backup important data: photos, documents etc
  • Change all passwords and ensure the new ones are strong
  • Test your phone with anti-malware software
  • Prevent access by switching off wifi when not in use
  • Remove all apps that you do not know or trust
  • Tell friends and colleagues to ignore suspicious messages
  • Do not use public wifi hotspots
  • Restore your smartphone to the original factory settings

As there is so much action required if your phone has been hacked, preventing the hack in the first place will be more beneficial to you and your mobile security and privacy. 

We recently wrote an article that covers the details of protecting your mobile data. The article, entitled Smartphone Security – How to keep your smartphone safe outlines the best steps to take to protect your personal information.  

It is worth a read to give you a host of good advice on how to keep your mobile phone secure and private. 

Here are the three key takeaways from the original article:

  • Where possible, always use Two Factor Authentication 
  • Always use encrypted hardware and software
  • NEVER download Apps from unknown developers

If you take your mobile security and privacy seriously, you should invest in ways that prevent the hack from happening, which will include the features and benefits of owning the Blackphone PRIVY. 

The Blackphone PRIVY has been designed from the start to be fully secure against cyber attacks and is military grade secure. 

If you would like to discuss further how the Blackphone PRIVY can help protect your personal information against hackers, then please give us a call, we will be more than happy to help. 

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