Mobile security and data privacy concerns have been rising from past few years. With so many hack attempts and data breaches of the big companies lately, it is everyone’s right to be worried about their mobile phone’s security.
Cell Phone Tap Signs
A cell phone can be hacked and then tapped to keep a tab on your activities and to collect private data for the wrong purposes. Here are just a few things everyone needs to watch out for.
1. Battery Problems
Before iOS and Android caught on, battery troubles were a sign of a phone tap. Hot batteries remain a concern when it comes to smartphones.
If you’re taking full advantage of your phone, using all the social apps that are out there and playing games, then are are probably familiar with overheating batteries. But for someone not using many apps or having minimum usage, it can be a sign that uninvited software is running in the background, allowing someone else to listen in.
2. Increased Data Usage
We all do now the applications consume alot of internet data, but by keeping a tab on the data usage, you can find out if there is anything wrong with your cell phone.
Unless you’ve just downloaded a new app that requires lots of battery and data, or you’re allowing your children to use your device while out and about, you’ll know roughly how much data you use each month. If this increases dramatically, you need to narrow down exactly why that’s happening — and if you can’t find the reason, it might that a third party is intercepting your messages.
3. Performance Issues
Sudden appearances of performance issues in smartphone can also be a sign of an uninvited program or a Trojan presence. Of course, real apps will take up power, but they shouldn’t noticeably affect your device’s reaction time.
You can check which apps are using the most RAM. On iOS, you just need to go on Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage > Manage Storage. On Android, click Settings > Apps and swipe over to Running. From here, you can properly assess your app usage, and check for anything that doesn’t ring true.
4. Unwanted Ads and Apps
Checking what’s going on in your smartphone is necessary. Sometimes, an app comes with some other app you just have downloaded, and you don’t even notice. Such apps, if you’ve not installed, could be malicious.
One such piece of malware that tampers with your cell is Hummer, a Trojan that’s infected millions of Android devices across the world. With high concentrations of affected devices in countries like India, Russia, and the Philippines, Hummer was first spotted in 2014, and over the following couple of years, has taken the title of the Android Trojan virus with the most worldwide infections.
So, alot of unwanted ads can also be a sign of your phone being used for the wrong reasons. Keeping a check on which app you have installed and which you didn’t, can reduce the risk.
5. Suspicious Texts
Suspicious SMS texts, which you might simply pass off as a nuisance, spam, or a wrong number can actually be an alert that something’s up with your smartphone.
Do not ignore them.
The most likely cause of this is a fault in the spyware used by cyber-criminals. If it hasn’t installed properly, coded messages will appear in your inbox that would otherwise have gone unnoticed. These random data sets are instructions sent from the servers of a hacker in order to tamper with the fraudulent application. Alternatively, it could be the app trying to contact its creator.
Keep an eye out for any activity you don’t recognize. Look at messaging chains, social media profiles, and check your Sent and Outbox. If you can’t remember sending something, be suspicious.
6. Websites Changing Appearances
It is a tricky one, but one of the most used method to hack users data and private information.
You might visit a website once, get to know it. But the second time to use it – has a different appearance, then it can a malware or some hacker attempting to steal your personal information.
The malware acts as a proxy, intercepting communications between you and the site you’re trying to visit. It might be presenting a false page to you, or simply keeping track of anything you type. And no, it doesn’t matter if you’re on Private Browsing.
You might not notice any such thing, but if you do, compare the mobile website interface with that of your PC’s, and if you notice some big changes, then it can be a sign of your mobile phone being tapped.
Keeping an eye on small details can save your personal data. It is necessary to keep checking whether is everything alright with your smartphone.