Do you own an Android phone? The easy way to check if it is hacked
Android users are no strangers to security alerts, with experts often warning of dangerous apps filled with malware that have somehow snuck into the Google Play Store. But sometimes there are more subtle signs that your phone is at risk, which you can just chalk up to performance issues. And one of those red flags Android users need to be aware of is battery draining faster than usual.
Generally, poor battery performance is nothing to worry about, and over time you can see how much charge your Android phone holds weakens over time.
But, as new research from Bespoke Software Development shows, if you have a relatively new phone and you’ve noticed poor battery performance, it could be a sign that you’ve been hacked.
The software development company has highlighted nine signs that your phone may have been hacked, which include poor signal and the phone getting hotter than usual.
Speaking about how poor battery performance can be a sign of hacking, Bespoke Software Development said: “Decreased battery life is common the longer you have a phone. However, if your phone is relatively new and in good condition, battery life should be pretty good. If you notice your battery draining significantly, there is a high chance that your phone has been hacked.
“The reason is that malware is installed on the device, which secretly uses the phone’s existing resources and apps to transmit data back to the hacker or server. Over time, this will drain the battery.”
In total, nine warning signs were highlighted which at first glance may seem harmless, but which can be a sign of concern.
Here’s everything you need to look for…
Battery life is reduced: This could be a sign that malware is running in the background on your phone and eating up resources
Your phone gets hot: If you have a new phone, this could be a sign that malware has been secretly installed on your phone
Background noise during calls: Background noise during calls or when the sound is on can be caused by a hacker listening
Consistent pop-ups and mysterious browsing experience: Although pop-up ads appear on some websites, if you keep seeing them, it could be a sign that you’ve been infected with malware. Avoid clicking any links on these ads, make sure you don’t enter personal information on these pages and run an antivirus scan on your Android phone
Slow performance: If your device crashes or runs slowly, it could be a sign that malware has infiltrated your phone. Download an official, reputable antivirus app from the Play Store to help you get rid of all dangerous malware on your phone
Apps, messages, outgoing calls you don’t recognize: Strong signs that your phone may have been hacked are an influx of unknown numbers, text messages and downloaded apps that use your details. Be careful, as this could signal that you have been the victim of a data breach
Data usage is unusually high: If you’ve noticed that your monthly data allowance is being eaten up faster than usual, or you’ve noticed that downloads are taking longer to complete, it could be a sign that malware is running on your phone
Suspicious activity on personal accounts: Do you have any suspicious e-mails from official e-mail addresses saying that a password reset was requested or a new device is connected? It could be a sign that one of your accounts has been compromised. Make sure you go to the official website for the service in question (find this on Google if you’re struggling and not via any links you’ve been emailed) and then change your login to something secure
Your signal has disappeared: A dangerous scam to watch out for is attack porting. This is when you receive a notification of a change from your phone provider that you did not accept. You will eventually lose your signal altogether, in addition to not being able to log into any bank accounts or your emails. As soon as this happens, you must contact the police and say that you have been a victim of identity theft