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Is Your Phone Is Hacked - Here’s What to Do

Humans are privacy concern by nature. We may share an inspirational article or pictures from a trip, but we keep our sensitive data secure. Now imagine if a stranger had free access to, and total control of, your mobile device. All of your private information, including contacts, emails, payment info, and passwords are exposed. That private information is the treasure that cybercriminals are always on the hunt for.

Cybercriminals’ tactics are continuously developing, and once a device is breached, it’s in their hands. From playing online to going on shopping using your payment information, the consequences of a hacked phone are more than annoying—they’re dangerous. To keep your device secure, it’s essential to know the symptoms of a breach, and how to stop them in the future.

How to Know If Your Mobile Device Has Been Hacked:

Strange Apps: 

When strange apps pop up on your phone or unusual messages are sent to numbers in your address book, you may have  victimized to a hack. Once hackers take control of your device, things will start to look out of order. Hackers often crack devices to load their malicious files, or to gain personal data for their advantage, so don’t just shrug it off when you see changes that you don’t recognize.

Unexpected Gifts :

Have you started receiving random packages at home or work? Hate to break it to you, but they’re apparently too good to be true (or you have a secret admirer). When hackers gain access to your phone, they most likely have access to all your payment information too. By keeping an eye on your credit/Debit/Shopping card transactions and your mobile phone bill, you can detect early on if it looks like your payment information is at risk.

Feeling Hot: 

If your phone suddenly can’t keep its charge, it’s possible that malware is running in the background. You may know generally how long it takes for your mobile device to discharge depending on the apps you’ve got running. If you find it’s quicker than ever before, it could be a red flag that a stranger has obtained access. Similarly, a mobile device that runs hot could be infected with malware, since the program will continuously run in the background.

How to Dodge Another Mobile Hack:  

Run Mobile Anti-Virus Software: 

Protect your device from the inside out with comprehensive security software. Everybody loves fun apps, what’s one more?

Be Careful About Browsing on Public Wi-Fi: 

Wi-Fi connections that promise fast, the free internet can be easy bait for mobile phone users. We have all found ourselves desperate for free internet access, but be careful of networks. By accessing a compromised network, cybercriminals could have access to your personal information.
Keep Your Phone Updated: Mobile operating systems are regularly updated to provide enhanced protection built to defend against updated threats. It may feel like just another task, but the results of neglecting the update could eventually be much more time-consuming than the time it takes for your mobile device to reboot.

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Check Your bank and card Statements Regularly: 

I know—no one appreciates checking their bank statements, but it’s a fact that we just can’t neglect. You’ll be even more upset if you receive your bill and it appears as someone else had a shopping spree of their own. If you do see suspicious payments pop up on your credit card, cancel it immediately.

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