Signs that your iPhone or Android is “infected” by dangerous hackers

Signs that your iPhone or Android is “infected” by dangerous hackers

Hackers are constantly looking for new ways to infiltrate our devices and steal the vast treasure trove of data we hold on them.

With so many of us now addicted to smartphones, it’s no wonder they’re such a big target.

We’ve seen everything from vicious WhatsApp glitches to creepy apps that aren’t what they seem.

Frighteningly, many people are unaware that a hack is even taking place in the background.

But luckily there are clear signs to look for.

Although they are not always clear, if you feel that something is not right with your iPhone or Android device, these may well be the clues you should look for.

1. Slow smartphone performance

If apps take longer than expected to load, this could mean you’ve been hacked.

The same applies if the app crashes randomly as well.

2. The battery drains quickly

Smartphone batteries drain faster over time.

But if it happens suddenly, it could point to malware.

That’s because malware secretly hides in the background, drawing more power to carry out its malicious intent.

If your phone’s battery drains unusually quickly, it could mean that your phone has been hacked.
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3. Data is used up

If you’ve noticed that your data is being consumed far too quickly, this could also be a sign.

Like the battery, malware can send things in the background.

4. Bill changes

If you’ve had an unexplained change to your bill, this is a red flag.

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This could mean more data being used up by the malware and costing you for it.

5. Pop-ups

Pop-ups are fairly standard in browsers.

But when they start popping up way too often at different points, it could mean you’ve been infected with some kind of dodgy adware.

Unexpected changes in your cell phone bill can be an indicator that your phone has been hacked.
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6. Overheating

A smartphone that overheats may mean that it is getting old or is being exposed to too much sun.

But it can also be an indication that some malware is starting to work.

What to do if you suspect your phone is being hacked

If you think your smartphone might have been infected with a virus, malware or something else outlined, the first thing you need to do is download a reliable antivirus app and run a scan.

There is a full list worth considering here.

You should also download apps you think may be behind it.

If the problem persists, the last resort might be to factory reset your phone – but back up precious files like photos that you know are safe first.

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If you think your smartphone has been hacked, these are the signs to watch out for.
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This story originally appeared on The sun and is reproduced here with permission.

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