The iPhone is known for its security and stability. Different from the Android’s operating system, Apple’s design has a more stringent and stricter way of monitoring the apps available in its App Store. But it remains a target among hackers.
This, however, does not guarantee that the iPhone is free from the cyberattack. Hackers are constantly upgrading themselves with the latest tricks to penetrate your device. And for sure, your iPhone is a major target for hackers.
Whether you use iPhone or Android, it is challenging to know if your phone has been threatened. Hackers have their own ways in penetrating your device without you knowing it. Here are some considerations from Albert Khoury of KimKomando for you to know if your device has been compromised.
How hackers penetrate your device
One doesn’t have to be a hacker in order to get into the phone. Below are some examples that we can learn:
- Someone might be able to sneak into your device while you are sleeping. The person can just place your phone in front of your face to unlock it.
- Be aware that harmful apps do exist anywhere. They can emulate some well-known apps or they can try to attract you to download and run their apps. Once you unfortunately do so, your phone will be compromised.
- Some free downloads can be dangerous. It puts malicious links which can penetrate your phone without you knowing it. Even files that are seemingly harmless as PDF files can carry with it some harmful data. Be cautious in taping just any links.
- Some trackers have been designed to stalk you with the use of GPS, messages, images, call logs, browser history and more. These trackers are hiding behind apps that seem harmless.
- Hackers can also aim to penetrate your SIM card which is connected with any of your mobile accounts, called “SIM Swapping”. Hackers can persuade your mobile system such that what they do is done by the device owner. They can send messages or notify others that your SIM card is lost or damaged. They will be able to pass some scrutiny to make your phone number moved to their SIM. Then hackers will be able to access your accounts.
- Hackers can intercept your MAC address and infect your phone remotely via Bluetooth.
Signs to look for
Here are some things to consider to know whether your phone has been hacked:
- Have you noticed your phone slows down its processes? It could be due to many apps running at the same time or it could be malware eating up a lot of your mobile resources. This can heat up your phone.
- Have you noticed your phone battery drains faster than usual? This can be a red flag for malware penetrating your device.
- Sudden high usage of data is a warning for adware that can run in the background.
- Slowing down internet connection can be a sign of malware trying to redirect your traffic into harmful servers or simply controlling your bandwidth to steal data from you.
- If you find out any activity that you did not do, like sending emails or messages or social media posts, most likely your phone and accounts have been hacked. Check your streaming history and on-line bank transactions if there are unfamiliar activities too.
- Annoying pop-ups are usually an indicator that your phone is endangered.
Some suggestions for security protection
- Update your phone to the latest security fixes and patches.
- Only use strong and unique passwords to your accounts. A password manager can come handy on this.
- Use 2-factor authentication (2FA) for added security.
- Don’t tap on just any link, especially those suspicious ones.
- Secure a trustworthy antivirus software on your device. A little amount is worth the huge risks without it.
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Hackers are finding new ways to penetrate your device. It is prudent for you to be cautious and put a little effort for extra security from hacking. Few steps can go a long way.