Would you like to know if your phone has been hacked? Agencies such as the NSA, the CIA, and the FBI can hack our phones whenever they would like to. How to tell if your phone is hacked, in this blog post I will let you know telltale signs you should look for.
Aside from the government agencies, I mentioned above. There are certain individuals in our lives who may be interested in hacking our phones for different reasons.
People Who May Be Interested In Hacking Your Phone:
- Your employer – Your employer may be interested in finding out what you do in your free time.
- Your significant other – If your significant other feels as though you are not being faithful to them.
- Cybercriminal – A cybercriminal may be interested in stealing your identity.
Can Someone Hack My Phone?
Yes, someone can hack your phone and gain access to all your private information that you have on it. However, this person must have had access to your phone to download and install a spying app.
Now I will tell you some different methods that people can use to hack your phone and I will give you some tips on what you should do about it.
There are quite a few different spying apps that people use to spy on someone via their cell phone.
These apps will allow someone else to track your location, read your text messages and emails, internet history, view your photos and videos, listen to your conversations and more.
These apps will give the hacker lots of private information, this is a total invasion of your privacy.
These apps are easy to install on a phone, and if you’re being spied on, you may have no idea of what’s going on.
How To Tell If Your Phone Is Hacked:
It can be difficult to determine whether or not you have a spying app on your phone because they run secretly in the background.
However, if you know the telltale signs, you will be able to determine when you’re being spied on. For example, if you notice:
- An unusual spike in your data, minute, or text usage
- New apps appear on your phone but you didn’t install them
- If your battery starts draining much faster than usual
- If you notice websites in your browsing history that you didn’t visit
- When you’re making a call if you hear echoes or noises in the background
- If your phone randomly shuts down on its own
- If your phone starts to malfunction
If you are currently experiencing any of the things I mentioned above, there’s a possibility that your phone has been hacked.
Phishing is a common cybercrime in which someone will contact you by email, text message, or telephone, claiming to be a legitimate institution in an attempt to lure you into providing sensitive data.
If you have an Android phone, you should be cautious if you receive emails or text messages from someone you don’t know who is asking you to click on a link.
You should immediately delete this type of message. If you click on these links you may end up accidentally installing a spy app on your phone.
These types of apps will most likely give a cybercriminal your private phone data which contains your bank account info as well as login info for all the websites and apps that you login to via your phone.
This isn’t as common for iPhone users who have iPhones that have not been jailbroken because they will only be able to download apps from the Apple App Store.
Some Other Things To Consider:
If you receive an email which looks as though it was sent from your bank asking you to click on a link and input your password or PIN. This is most likely a scam because your bank will never ask you for this type of information.
If you receive a vague text message or email with a link in it from someone claiming to be your friend. But you don’t recognize the name, the email address, or the phone number.
You should not click on the link especially if you can’t see the entire url. On the other hand, if you were tricked into clicking on the link and you end up downloading an app, your Android phone may notify you.
In any case, you should immediately delete the app and run a mobile security scan.
How To Remove Spying Apps From Your Phone:
Performing a factory data reset will completely remove all the cell phone spying apps that are installed on a cell phone.
The procedure will vary depending on the type of phone you have. However, it’s a simple process, you can do it on your own.
But if you’re not comfortable doing it you can take your phone to a local cell phone retailer and ask them to do it for you.
Backup Your Phone Before Performing A Factory Data Reset:
It’s very important to backup your phone before performing a factory data reset. Because performing a factory data reset will restore your phone to the way it was when you first bought it.
All the apps that were added after you started using the phone and all the data on the phone will be completely removed via the factory data reset.
Therefore you must back up all the data that you would like to keep such as photos, videos, contacts etc. You should also keep track of all the apps you downloaded that you enjoy using.
After the phone has been reset you will restore your personal data and you may have to manually re-install the apps that you had before the reset was done.
Once your phone has been backed up you can perform the factory data reset.
How To Perform A Factory Data Reset On An Android, iPhone, Or BlackBerry:
- How to perform a factory data reset on an Android Phone.
- How to perform a factory data reset on an iPhone.
- How to perform a factory data reset on a BlackBerry.
Remove Cell Phone Tracking Software By Updating The Operating System:
You can also remove spying apps by updating the operating system (OS) on your phone. Doing this will remove the tracking software but it will not remove your apps or data.
This is a great method for removing spying apps because the spying apps are specific to the OS on the phone. So if you change the OS the software will be removed.
Something else you must consider, if you update the OS this will remove the Rooting on Android and the Jailbreak on an iPhone.
Manually Remove Cell Phone Tracking Software:
You can also manually remove the cell phone tracking software by going into the system files on your phone. This is extremely advanced, you should not attempt to do this unless you really know what you’re doing.
To do this correctly, you will have to find the files and delete them. However, it’s somewhat difficult to do this because the manufacturers who make the spying apps intentionally disguised the files to keep the software hidden.
If you attempt to do this and you remove the wrong files you may end up bricking your phone.