WHAT TO DO IF YOUR PHONE IS HACKED
Having your phone hacked can compromise your privacy without your knowledge. Every day, hackers continue to evolve and improve their hacking methods which almost makes them invisible, causing an oversight on the number of cyber attacks.
WHAT IS PHONE HACKING?
Phone hacking is the practice of forcefully accessing somebody’s phone or its communication. This can range from breaching security, listening in on phone conversations, stealing personal details, and many more.
There are several ways your phone can be hacked and they include phishing attacks, tracking software, and unsecured Wi-Fi networks. Also, it should be noted that phone hacking can happen to all kinds of phones, Android and iPhone included. With this information, it is important you learn how to identify a hacked device.
HOW TO KNOW IF SOMEONE IS HACKING YOUR PHONE
Here are some signs to look out for to know if your phone has been hacked.
1 . Firstly, Increased data usage
If you realize that your phone warns you of high data usage when you have not updated your apps, uploaded a high-quality picture, or used a fast-speed Internet then, there is a probability that your phone has been hacked. To know how much data your android phone has used, open the settings and go to connection then select data usage. iPhone users should head to setting then mobile data
2 . Secondly, Your phone runs abnormally slow
When your phone begins to operate in an unusual manner, you should know it has been hacked. If you use your phone frequently and realize that it freezes often, operates slowly, or restarts for no reason, it is a sign that your phone has malware functioning in the background.
3 . Also, Poor performance
If your phone lags loading an app, overheats or your battery runs quickly it can be that your phone has been compromised. Check which of the application is consuming your battery. On your android phone, go to setting, battery then battery usage
4 . Then, Suspicious text messages
If your phone starts sending weird messages to random numbers, then it could be a hacker tapping your phone. If you notice this type of behavior, you should cancel having access to it immediately. To know which app is causing this issue open settings on your android phone, go to privacy then permission manager.
WHAT TO DO IF YOUR PHONE HAS BEEN HACKED
After identifying that there is malfunctioning with your phone, you will have to uninstall the malware causing harm to your phone. You should also install antivirus software.
To reset your android phone, follow the following procedure
- Put your phone on charge
- Open settings and head to systems and select reset options
- Tap Erase all data
- Type in your PIN, and select Erase data again to confirm your decision.
Make sure to think through it before downloading any app outside the app store as they may contain some malware
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