Hackers are constantly looking for new ways to infiltrate our smart devices and steal the great treasure of data we hold. With so many of us becoming more and more addicted to our smartphones, it’s no wonder we’re a big target for these hackers.
We are aware of WhatsApp vulnerabilities and deceptive apps, but many of us ignore the fact that a hack is occurring in background Fortunately, there are telltale signs.
While it’s not always specific, if you feel that something is wrong with your phone, these could be the clues to look for, reports The Sun:
1. Slow smartphone performance
If apps take longer than expected to load, it could mean you’ve been hacked. The same goes for the random app crash.
2. The battery runs out quickly
Smartphone batteries drain faster over time. But if it happens suddenly, it could indicate the presence of malware, because it is secretly hiding in background, absorbing more power to achieve its harmful target.
3. Data in use
If you notice that your internet data is consumed very quickly, this could also be a sign of a hack. Similar to battery drain, malware can send things in background.
4. Raise the bill
If you find an unexplained change in your bill, this is a warning sign. It could mean that the malware is consuming more data on your account.
I pop-upknown as pop-upthey are quite common in web browsers, but when they start appearing very frequently in various points, it could mean that your device is infected with some kind of deceptive adware.
6. High temperature
A smartphone that is overheating can mean that it is old or has been exposed to the sun. But it can also be an indication that some malware is starting to work.
What do you do if you suspect your phone has been hacked?
If you think your smartphone may be infected with a virus, malware or something else that is unclear, the first thing to do is download a reputable antivirus app and run a scan.
If the problem persists then the last resort might be to reset your phone, but first back up important files like photos that you know are safe.
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