Has Your Smartphone been Hacked?

How to Avoid being Hacked

Signs Your Device Was Hacked

Updated: March 3, 2020
By: RSH Web Editorial Staff
Hacked Smartphone

People always seem to forget Everything is hackable. And the truth is Hackers have a multitude of ways to hack into your Smartphone without ever actually touching it. If a malicious hacker is stopped from getting into your phone they will still try to steal your sensitive data stored inside. This may include your contacts, bank info, places you visited, your emails, the list goes on and on

It is also important to remember that your cell phone Service Provider are very attractive targets for those hackers. Remember the Photo Leak that happened from iCloud where a bunch of celebrities had their photos posted all over the Internet? This is the perfect example: From Wikipedia

Hacked Without your Knowledge

More often the hack occurs without your knowledge. It is not just you the consumer that criminals target. With the use of more cell phones and tablets in the workplace today. Hackers attempt to attack businesses through vulnerabilities in these devices. And a breach that originated through a mobile device is unlikely to be detected or worse reported by that employ. A worrying fact is that most Businesses do not know just how many of employee mobile devices has been hacked

Have You Been Hacked?

Let us look at the most common signs that your Smartphone has been hacked

Performance Differences

Does it seem if your device is operating slower? Web pages and apps harder to load? Does your battery never seem to keep a charge? Are you exceeding your normal limits with your data plan? These are signs that you could have have malware running in the background. You may have downloaded a bad app, or clicked on a dangerous link from a text message

Noticeable Decrease in Battery Life

It is normal for a battery to wear down over time and become less efficient. But this is over a long period of time. If you only had your phone a few months then something is wrong. You can check by running through these steps for improving your Android or iPhone battery life

Smartphone Running Hot?

For the same reasons mentioned above your device might also run physically "hotter" than before

Your Smartphone Acting Strange

If you have been experiencing some unusual behavior from your device or you received some strange text messages, That could be another sign that something is happening. Although it can be normal to experience some strange behavior with apps. But look out for your devices suddenly acting strange

Mystery Apps

Apps add functionality to your devices, but increase the risk of breaches. Especially if they are downloaded from suspicious websites or strange text messages instead of an approved App store. Neither Apple nor Google can possibly scan every single app to determine if it is malicious or not. Hackers may be using your Smartphone to send emails or texts. They can also spread their malware to your contacts. One way to protect yourself is to limit the number of apps you install. The more apps you have increases what is call "The Attack Surface On Your Smartphone". Meaning that there are more lines of code on your device and therefore there is higher incidence that is going to be a "Security Critical Bug" somewhere within that large amount of coding

Pop ups - Screen Savers

Malware can be behind pop-ups. Changing your home screen. Changing your bookmarks to suspicious websites. If you notice any changes You did not make this could be another clue that your device has been hacked

Websites Look Different

If malware has installed that is "Proxying" on your device. (Sitting between your Browser and the Internet. Relaying communications between them. Reading the contents of the communications and even inserting various instructions of its own) This could affect how some Websites are displayed

Apps Stop Working Properly

If certain apps suddenly stop working this may also be a sign of proxying or other malware interfering with the apps functionality

Unexpected Charges

Hackers can use your infected device to make expensive calls by way of a remote party proxying through your device. They can also send SMS messages to international numbers, or make Charges in other ways

15 Clear Signs Your Phone Was Hacked

A YouTube video about Smartphone being hacked


How to Avoid being Hacked

Bluetooth

Switch off your Bluetooth in public places. If you do use Bluetooth, make sure that your devices are not set to "Discoverable". Do not pair devices in Public. This is in case someone is scanning you while you make the connection. Restrict access to known paired devices if possible. Never accept files transmitted via Bluetooth from unknown or suspicious sources

Unsecure Wi-Fi

Public unsecured Wi-Fi are great traps for your device. If you do need to use that Public Wi-Fi then restrict your activities. Never make any banking activity or payments of any kind. Doing this will exposed you and those details. So always be careful while using a public Wi-Fi

Warning Messages

Pay attention to warning message your device gives you. With iPhones a warning will come up saying that the Server Identity cannot be verified and ask if you still want to connect. You will be prompted to click “continue” before you can join the Wi-Fi. And despite the warnings it seems that 92 percent of people click continue. Your phone has a lot of good built in technology that try to warn you when you are going to make a poor security decision. But what we see is people are very conditioned to just click through and ignore the warnings

Operating System

Despite the best intentions of Device Manufacturers. Vulnerabilities are there which could give hackers access. Device manufacturers release operating system updates frequently to protect users. Always install operating system updates as soon as they are available

Do Not

Do not leave your smartphone or tablet unattended
Do not let others watch what you are doing online
Consider using a privacy filter which effectively blocks the view of your screen from people sitting either side of you. An example is the 3M product, details here
Do not get distracted by somebody who could steal your device
Do not leave your device in view when not using it, even if it is on your seat or table
Do not use your device or have it on show when walking around, as this will increase the chance of having it stolen and your personal safety being put at risk
Do not forget that many apps connect to the Internet in the background so you should check your settings to be sure of what information is being sent


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Nancy H
This will greatly help people and their smart devices


Phil S
This is good post for anyone!


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