While technology continues to improve and evolve, so do the hackers who are trying to gain access to your information. Here are some signs to look out for if you believe your phone or tablet have been hacked.
Have you received a text from an unknown number with a link? Did you click on this link? That’s a major red flag that your phone may have been compromised. If one of the contacts in your phone receives a similar text from you, there’s a good chance your phone has been affected. This virus is now accessing your contact list, sending these same links to your contacts, and trying to gain access to their phones as well.
BILL/DATA USAGE INCREASES
It’s normal for you data usage to slightly fluctuate month to month. However, if you notice a huge spike in usage or bill increase, it’s probably time to take your phone in to be checked. Hackers will use your data to send messages to people unbeknownst to you in order to make money.
Have random apps been showing up on your home page? This may be a sign that your phone is infected with malware. These apps will usually look and act completely legitimate, you just didn’t download them. Remember to also check the validity of any apps you do download onto your device. Check that the publisher is legitimate
If apps seem to be crashing more often than not, it may be a sign of viral or malware interference. The best way to combat this is to keep your apps updated to the most recent version.
If you believe you have been the victim of a hack, run anti-virus software through your phone. You may also need to have a factory reset or purchase a new phone all together.
The most important step to protecting yourself and your information is to take the proper precautions. If you need to access personal information, such as your bank account, make sure you do so on either a secure network or using your data. Public Wi-Fi puts you at risk of someone obtaining your account information or gaining control of your phone.