Phone Breach Red Flags: Are You Still a Target for Hackers?


Amid the pandemic’s whirlwind, the rush towards remote work spun our lives into an era of mobile maneuvers and an unwavering dependence on our trusty smartphones. Yet, even now, two years down the line, this transformative wave has left a trail of companies caught off-guard by a lack of cybersecurity measures, paving a golden path for cyber crooks seeking unwitting prey.

The surge in mobile data storage isn’t just a beacon for the typical cyber assailants. It has roused the curiosity of friends, ex-flames, and curious strangers, all eager to peek into your personal fortress, rendering us more vulnerable than ever before.

Let’s identify the signs that might hint at your phone being compromised:

  • Draining Battery: You observe rapid battery drainage despite unchanged usage patterns, potentially due to a hacked phone diverting power to unauthorized applications, essentially charging the hacker’s operations when you recharge.
  • Unexplained Calls or Texts: Unrecognized calls or texts in your history could signal a hack. Friends mentioning odd messages could also indicate unauthorized activity.
  • Abnormal Data Usage: A sudden surge in data consumption without any change in behaviour warrants investigation.
  • Unfamiliar Apps: New, unexplained apps appearing on your device post-purchase could indicate a hack. Vigilance in app installation is crucial.
  • Social Media Anomalies: Notice odd activities on your social media accounts? Intruders often target these platforms after breaching your phone. Look for unusual password resets, unfamiliar login locations, or fresh account verification prompts.
  • Additional signs could include unexpected screen freezes, system crashes, or sudden restarts.

What to Do if Your Phone’s Hacked

At the first suspicion of a breach, seek assistance from your service provider for a thorough check. Additionally:

  1. Run a thorough antivirus scan.
  2. Reset your device.
  3. Uninstall suspicious apps.
  4. Change your default passwords.
  5. Disable Bluetooth when not in use.
  6. Never leave your phone unattended.
  7. Request your contacts to ignore any suspicious messages.

Preventing Phone Hacking

  1. Avoid unsecured public WiFi, a common target for hackers.
  2. Disable autocomplete to safeguard stored personal data.
  3. Regularly clear browsing history, cookies, and cache to minimize your digital footprint.
  4. Activate “Find My iPhone” or a similar feature to track your device in case of misplacement or theft.
  5. Keep your phone close to you in public places.
  6. Protect sensitive data using secure apps, avoiding storing it directly on the phone.
  7. Consistently update your device’s software.

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Terry Cutler

I’m Terry Cutler, the creator of Internet Safety University, an educational system helping to defend corporations and individuals against growing cyber threats. I’m a federal government-cleared cybersecurity expert (a Certified Ethical Hacker), and the founder of Cyology Labs, a first-line security defence firm headquartered in Montréal, Canada. In 2020, I wrote a bestselling book about the secrets of internet safety from the viewpoint of an ethical hacker. I’m a frequent contributor to National & Global media coverage about cyber-crime, spying, security failures, internet scams, and social network dangers families and individuals face daily.