As the technology used by the world has reached great advancements, so has the advancement of online attackers in their sophistication in conducting detailed attacks that are not only hard to detect or trace, but are also virtually unfelt by the user upon their arrival.
An attack on a smartphone is a lot more than gaining access to your pictures and social media accounts; some people use their smartphones to store important information such as credit card numbers, bank financing applications, and e-mails and contacts for important business people. In some cases, being hacked could be a total disaster.
- Opening Windows – the first sign that you are being hacked is when strange and unwanted windows begin to open on their own, as well as an increased number of pop up’s. This means that a bot may be on your smartphone browser that is either using you to bring traffic and ratings towards his site, or is attempting to bring your attention to a certain webpage.
- Sending E-mails – this is a very common hacking method. Everyone knows someone who has been targeted by this. This hacking process is when a mass e-mail is sent which forces to deal with a massive onslaught of bounce back’s, annoyed replies, and a deteriorating professionalism reputation.
- Charges on your statement – are you being billed for purchasing an app you don’t remember buying, or for an international phone call maybe? Always query your network bill if you find anything out of the ordinary.
- Battery drain – a lot of viruses and malware made by attackers and placed on your smartphone can affect battery and drain it in completely in just a matter of a few hours.
- Surveillance – this hacking method brings you closer to home. If there is anyone else, in this case usually the person you are in a relationship with, who knows your smartphone’s access code, they may get in and install spyware to keep track of where you are, who you are contacting, even the websites you go to.
- Jail breaking – having a virus or malware on a jail broken phone is almost irreversible and you will need to restore all your settings and lose everything. Do not jailbreak your phone.
- Inhibited Anti- virus – checking your anti-virus every now and then always benefits you greatly. This way, you will know if it is still in full functionality and protecting your smartphone from harmful outside elements. If your anti-virus is not working, you may have been infected by a virus.
- Disappearing messages – when smartphones are on lock screen, messages can be previewed and then later on viewed in the inbox. When a message appears on a preview but is unavailable in the inbox, this could be a sign that someone else is accessing your phone.
Make sure your smartphone has a strong and working anti-virus system; do not connect to any strange networks or call numbers that you are unaware of; most importantly, do not download any e-mailed apps or apps outside of the specified allowed list by your operating system.