The main signs that your phone has been hacked and how to fix the problem

Many people notice strange behavior on their phone but don't even know that their phone has been hacked

by Sededin Dedovic
The main signs that your phone has been hacked and how to fix the problem
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Your phone can be hacked just like any other device that has the ability to connect to the internet. In fact, phones are especially tempting because they contain a lot of data about users. Here are some of the signs that hackers have gotten their hands on your phone: 1.

There's something on your phone that you don't recognize This is the first case, and at the same time the easiest to spot. Search your phone and if you come across an app you haven't downloaded, a message you don't know from, or a purchase you haven't made, it could be a sign that you've been hacked.

Of course, check the call list as well. 2. The phone runs slower Here, in addition to your phone running slower than usual, your battery drains faster and has more apps running than usual. It's very likely that it's malware running somewhere in the background, draining your phone's power.

3. Strange behavior of the phone Here we can bring up anything that is out of the ordinary - so apps don't work as they should, turn on or off unexpectedly, keep shutting down, or you can't turn them on at all. It does not necessarily mean that it is a "virus", but it can also be a software error, but be sure to be careful if you notice this symptom.

4. Mobile data usage is mysteriously increasing If you notice that you are using significantly more internet than usual, you should probably suspect unwanted programs in your phone. One of the reasons for this could be that malicious software uses the Internet in the background to track what you're doing, Nord recommends.

5. Pop-up windows appear If you notice an unusually large number of pop-ups popping up all over your screen, you probably have spyware or malware on your phone.

What to do if you've been hacked, How to solve or mitigate the problem?

There are a few things you can do if you know, or even suspect, that you've been hacked: 1.

Change any passwords you use This includes your email password, bank account password, social media passwords, and any other passwords you use on your phone. 2. Run anti-malware software to scan your device There are many different anti-malware programs available, so be sure to do your research and choose one that is reputable.

Once you have installed the software, run a full scan of your device. 3. Turn off Wi-Fi and mobile data when you're not using them This will help to prevent malware from sending data to hackers without your knowledge. 4. Delete any suspicious applications If you notice any applications that you don't remember installing, or that you don't recognize, delete them immediately.

5. Inform your contacts not to click on anything that looks like you sent them, but is the work of unwanted programs Hackers often try to trick people into clicking on links that will install malware on their devices. If you receive any messages from someone you know that seem suspicious, let them know right away.

6. Factory reset your phone This is a last resort, as it will erase all of the data on your phone. However, if you've tried everything else and you're still having problems, a factory reset may be the only solution. Be careful, because this will erase all settings and data in the phone, so use it as a last resort.