Unbeknownst to many, Android and Apple smartphones are vulnerable to hacking attacks. Cybercriminals gain access via downloaded apps or by something as simple as learning the users’ ID. Signs of hacking to watch out for include:
- Excessive data use
- Faster than normal battery drainage
- Abnormal performance
- Configuration alterations
- Appearance of strange pop-ups or apps
However, there are a number of ways that cell phone owners may protect their phones and personal data from invasions.
Basic Security Measures
Keep the phone with you at all times. Take the time to create a fairly complex password in order to gain access each time the device is switched on. Resist the urge to use vulnerable Bluetooth networks. In fact, turn off the feature when out in public. Avoid storing credit card numbers, account PIN numbers, or other important data on the phone. Otherwise, should the phone fall victim to hacking, criminals obtain file information that includes account numbers.
Advanced Protection Methods
At the end of each day, consider deleting all cookies, the cache, and browsing history, which eliminates your usage footprint. Turn off and do not use the phone’s auto-complete function in order to prevent data storage. Be aware that locations offering free public Wi-Fi remain a favorite among hackers who easily gain access to mobile devices via the network. If for any reason Wi-Fi becomes a necessity, obtain online access via a virtual private network or VPN.
Enable the tracking function. In the event that the phone becomes misplaced, the app enables you to find the device quickly before hackers gain access. The apps are part of the software on some phones. But, their party tech is an option. Consider adding a pop-up blocker and malware software to the phone. Many of the companies that offer free or paid malware and virus protection software also have smartphone protection available.
Types of Hacking Attacks
Once a criminal gains access to a smartphone, they use various software programs to gain information to financially benefit. Keyloggers have the ability to monitor each verbal conversation, each key typed or screen tap. A trojan virus installed on the phone enables cybercriminals to obtain account information or other personal data.