If you think that your phone is your own private zone, you may be very wrong. So far, there is no such device that can’t be hacked.
To reduce the potential risks, there are 3 things to keep in mind: the ways your phone can be hacked, how to recognize them, and how to protect your phone from malevolence.
How Your Phone Can Be Hacked?
- The easiest way is by taking possession of your phone for a few minutes and installing spy apps such as Spy Phone App, Spyzie, or Spyera.
- Via an unprotected Wi-Fi network in a cafe or airport. Yes, it’s that easy! With the means of public Wi-Fi, you actually share all your traffic with everyone around you.
- When charging your phone via an unknown USB (even in an airplane or a car), there is a risk that all your data will be revealed and transferred.
- SMS phishing. This happens when you receive a message with a link saying that it is, for example, your bank statement, a money transfer, or your photos. So you click it, download the file, and then reveal all your phone contents to hackers.
- With the help of the Signalling System SS7, used by the majority of telephone stations all over the world, hackers can read your text messages, listen to your phone calls, and track your cell phone locations. But if you are not a celebrity, there is nothing to worry about.
How To Recognize That Your Phone Is Hacked?
- Your phone has suddenly started to run out of juice very quickly. This can happen when there is an unknown app running inside your phone.
- Your phone gets warm, even when you don’t make a call or work with it. This is another sign that there is an unknown app running.
- Your phone reboots itself, switches off, dials numbers, or starts applications. If it’s not a system breakdown, then it could be tapping.
- Unknown phone numbers in your "Recent Calls."
- You cannot switch off your device. Instead, your phone starts opening different apps, increasing the lighting, and so on.
- There are noises or echo during calls, and you haven’t had them in this location before.
How To Protect Your Phone?
- If you received a message with a link and you cannot see the full URL, never open it.
- If you charge your phone via an unknown computer, when connected, choose “Only charging.“
- Don’t use the ”remember passwords" function.
- Switch off automatic connection to public Wi-Fi networks. Instead, choose them manually.
- One more thing about Wi-Fi networks. Avoid networks with suspicious names, such as FreeInternet or wifiFree or Free Wi-Fi. Choose those which are protected with a password, especially if you are somewhere like a cafe.
- Don’t make online purchases or funds transfers in public Wi-Fi networks.
- If you use Android, install a reliable anti-virus program.
- And, of course, add a password to your phone.
Hope above help you keep your smartphone safe.