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Has my phone been hacked? An easy guide

Published 2 months ago  | Mark Johnson 

5 signs that your phone has been hacked 

1. Suspicious peaks in the usage of your data 

Have you noticed that your data use has suddenly increased without your usage of your phone changing? 

This may be because a hacker has gained access to your phone and is using your data to track your data and steal information. 

2. Your phone is running slowly 

Has your phone recently started to lag, run more slowly or take longer loading when opening apps and browsing? 

This could be because spyware or malware has infected your phone - if it is running in the background and using up processor power, it will reduce the speed of your phone. 

3. There are apps or content on your phone, but they aren’t yours 

Have you noticed any new apps or other content on your phone which you did not download? 

This could even be phone calls you did not make, purchases you didn’t buy or text messages you didn’t send - all of these would suggest someone who is not you has access to your phone. 

4. Pop ups are appearing more often 

Is your online experience suddenly interrupted by more popups than it usually would be?

If you are seeing an increased number of pop-up advertisements, it is likely that spyware or malware has infected your phone and is bypassing your usual ad blocking settings. 

5. Weird things are happening 

If your phone likes to turn off randomly, quit certain apps or crash without any obvious reason, this could also be because you have been hacked. 

If any of the above is happening on your phone, you should instantly secure your data, reset all of your passwords and run antivirus software. 

Remove any apps or content you have found and consider to be suspicious, inform your contacts that you have been hacked and to ignore any suspicious correspondence from you. 

Lastly, restore your phone to factory settings and then load it again from any previous backups you have of the device, being sure they were made before you think you were hacked. This is the most aggressive option and only to be used as an absolute last resort. 

This should initially solve the problem of the hacker having access to your phone. 

How can you stop yourself from being hacked? 

Stopping your phone from being hacked in the first place is the best way to keep your data secure and out of the hands of cyber criminals, hackers and those who want to profit from information which belongs to you. 

One of the primary ways in which clever consumers avoid being hacked is by using a VPN on their phone. This protects you against hacking because it makes any information which can be obtained indecipherable, because it is encrypted. 

This means that you can perform activities which put you at risk of hacking, like connecting to public wifi, using Bluetooth in public or using a public charging spot, without having to worry about your personal information being at risk. 

There are other, obvious steps you can take, like always locking your phone, not leaving it unattended, only browsing websites you can trust and installing anti-spyware and malware software, but most consumers would consider these steps long ahead of installing a VPN app, which can actually provide a far greater level of data security. 

Finding out who hacked you 

Discovering the identity of a hacker is known for being difficult - they are probably using a VPN! 

In certain cases, it is possible if the hack was directly intended for you, but more often than not the chances of exposing someone who has hacked you are very small. 

Looking at recently downloaded apps and content to check if anything is unfamiliar is a good starting point and may give you a track to follow. Suspicious phone calls or messages, with numbers you can put into Google to attempt to trace will also help. Unfortunately, if you’re serious about finding out who hacked your phone, the best option is to contact a cyber security expert. 

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