Are there hackers in your phone? Here’s how to find out

Are there hackers in your phone?  Here’s how to find out

I have heard from many people who have been cyber stalked over the years. Unfortunately, today’s technology makes it all too easy.

Take Apple AirTags for example. They are cheap, small and easy to hide – and can tell the owner exactly where you are. Here are six signs to look for if you suspect someone is tracking you this way.

Then there are people who are convinced that someone is listening to their conversations or reading their texts. Sometimes I think something is up. Other times, paranoia has set in. Here’s how you know if you’re being stalked or just paranoid.

It’s not always easy to tell if your phone has been compromised. Here are some tips to diagnose a hacked phone.

How does this happen in the first place?

A person doesn’t necessarily have to be a hacker to get into your phone. Someone can hold the phone up to your face when you sleep and unlock it. This one action allows them to snoop through your device without you knowing.

Then there is software that does the work. Stalkerware is designed to track you using GPS, call logs, messages, photos, browsing history and more. This software can be hidden behind another app that appears harmless. Tap or click for six signs that stalkerware might be on your phone.

There are harmful files and malicious links that can infect your phone without your knowledge. Something as harmless as a PDF file can contain some toxic data. That’s why it’s so important to be careful what you click on.

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What about apps? Sketchy downloads can mimic known apps or try their luck to trick you into downloading and running them. When you do, your phone is infected with malware.

There is also a method called SIM swapping that is much more targeted. A criminal calls your phone carrier pretending to be you and asks for a new SIM card – disconnecting the old line and transferring everything to the criminal’s device.

Tap or click for three ways to stop this sinister attack.

Look for the signs

How do you know your phone has been hacked? Here are some red flags:

  • There are too many processes running at the same time that are slowing down your phone, or it could be a single culprit in the form of malware that is eating up a lot of resources. This may cause your phone to heat up.
  • The battery drains much faster than usual.
  • Significant spikes in data usage may signal adware or other malware running in the background.
  • Spam pop-ups are a good indicator that you have a malicious app on your phone.
  • Malware can slow down the Internet by redirecting traffic to unsecured servers or simply increasing bandwidth to steal more information from you or target others.

Some signs will pop up on your phone, like emails you don’t remember sending or weird social media posts.

Tap or click for five signs your email inbox has been hacked and the steps you should take to lock it down.

How to protect your phone from hackers

A small effort can make a big difference in keeping hackers and malware out of your phone.

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