We’ve picked out some useful tips to determine if your device is the target of an attack and to reduce risks and damage.
Does a cell phone battery last for a short time and consume device data in a short period of time?
Don’t panic. Maybe it’s time to change your carrier or change your data plan. But beware: these features can also indicate that a hacker is tampering with your cell phone.
Hacking your device’s security can put your identity, privacy, and resources at risk without your knowledge. Hackers’ methods are becoming more effective and undetectable.
Fortunately, there are signs that we might consider suspicious to indicate that our phone has been hacked and there are some tips to avoid this situation.
How do you know that your phone has been hacked?
If your phone is consuming browsing data very quickly, this could be an alert.
“It is true that there are many reasons for high data consumption (for example, switching to a new app that uses a lot of data). But if you use the phone in the same way and your data consumption is high, it is time to investigate,” recommends Norton, an American security company digital.
Norton also advises that you should be aware of your battery consumption. If your phone habits haven’t changed and charges stay much lower than usual, your phone may have been hacked.
Kaspersky, another leading computer security company, points to another possible sign of hacking.
Kaspersky notes that “a hacked phone can give the full processing power of suspicious hacker apps. This can slow down your phone. Other signs could be freezes or unexpected restarts.”
Kaspersky and Norton both agree that it is important to keep track of any unexpected activity on your phone. This could be through apps that popped up and you don’t remember installing them, as well as calls or messages you didn’t make.
Kaspersky advises you to check your email and social media accounts. It can be a sign of danger if you are asked to change your password or unusual access sites appear. “When a hacker hacks your phone, they try to steal your access to your most valuable account,” the company says.
How do you prevent a security breach on your phone?
Your cell phone can be hacked in many ways. Be careful when downloading apps as some of them may contain viruses. The ideal option is to choose applications from well-known stores such as Google or Apple, for example.
“If you receive an email or text message from someone you don’t know, avoid clicking any links or downloading any attachments. This may also include malware (which could infect your device),” Norton said.
Security firm McAfee advises: “It’s very easy for hackers to connect to your phone using Wi-Fi or BlueTooh, so leave them turned off if you don’t need to, because an attack can come without warning.”
“If you get hacked in a public place, you can stop the attack if you turn off the phone. It’s an effective prevention method,” McAfee adds.
Kaspersky recommends that you stay close to your phone at all times and don’t lose sight of it, don’t leave passwords on the device, and keep all apps up to date.
How do you act if your phone has already been hacked?
If your phone has been targeted by a hacker, even by following the tips to avoid this situation, it is important to understand the steps to get rid of the attacker.
First, according to Norton, you need to notify your contacts that the phone has been hacked. This way, you can prevent people from clicking on any suspicious links they receive from you. Then you should uninstall all suspicious applications.
It is also recommended to activate some antivirus software on your mobile phone so that it can detect and attack the agent responsible for infecting the device. Rebooting the phone can be another solution, although it can also mean erasing your data and files.
Finally, since it is possible that all of your passwords were compromised during the attack, it is critical to change them all.
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