How to Know if your phone has been hacked
Your phone has been hacked? Don’t worry and we hope you are safe but how would you know if you are being spied?. Let’s learn how to detect intrusion and remove the hacker from your phone.
Everybody now days carry a smartphone as it makes our lives much easier and keeps us synced with the world. Most of us are not technically aware of the security of our device because we don’t even realize that it can be used to spy on us without our consent. We use a lot of apps to get our job done but do you know that a 100kb app can be used to send your confidential data to a hacker? And if you are not technically sound you will never realize that your phone has been compromised or you have been hacked!
A wrong click on the internet can download malware or keyloggers in your device and the horrible part is that these malwares are advanced enough to hide from the installed app directory so it won’t be visible in the installed app list.
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These malwares are so advanced these days that it only sends the data to the hacker at night time when you are not using your phone and as soon as you start using your device, it stops all the communication. This way you will never find out that something is wrong. So, how do we know if our phone has been hacked? If not then what we can do to make it secure?
How to know if your phone has been hacked, Let’s see.
Today we will share every necessary method to find if your phone has been hacked or not and what you can do to protect yourself.
First, let us learn some normal changes or abnormal behavior your device shows right after your device has been hacked are-
• Rapid Battery drain – Malware running in the background uses your device resources and hence increases battery usage. So you would notice the battery performance issue.
• Unknown Apps – You may find unknown apps in your device which were not installed by you.
• Performance/ Heating issue – There is a high possibility that your phone’s performance may degrade but this could also happen when you update/upgrade your device OS. If you recently updated your device then wait for some time it will fix on its own or with next update. These two reasons rapid battery drain and performance issue causes overheating.
• Increased data use – if your data consumption has increased more than you use, it is a good sign that your device is broadcasting your confidential data.
• Popups – You may notice popups being displayed on your screen asking you to perform a certain action or display ads which are basically marketing efforts to advertise their product. Anyway, you would not want that.
• Blocked emails – If your messages don’t reach the destination and are being blocked by spam filters this means that your email configuration has been changed and is being redirected to some unauthorized servers.
These were some basic techniques used to find out about your device integrity but does not necessarily mean that you were hacked. It will definitely give you some idea about your device security status and you can use your knowledge to decide what’s normal and what’s not and probably come to the conclusion if your phone has been hacked or not.
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Secret Android codes and how to use them
We have managed to collect some useful codes which will help you to secure your device if you are being tracked. These are inbuilt features of Android OS. Enter all codes from your dial pad.
*#21# – Diversion code
This code will tell if your calls, SMS and other data are being diverted to along with where your data and voice is being forwarded.
*#62* – The Redirection Code
If your friends and family say that your number is in no service or no answer then there is a possibility that your calls are being intercepted somewhere down the line. This code will give you a list of numbers that are receiving your calls, SMS and data as redirection.
*#*#197328640#*#* or *#*#4636#*#*: The Utility Netmonitor Code
This code allows you to track if some is tracking you. To find out just enter the code *#*#197328640#*#* or *#*#4636#*#* and select the UMTS Cell Environment, then choose UMTS RR info and note down all the numbers under the cell id.
Now return to the main menu and click on MM info tab > Serving PLMN and note down all the numbers under the local area code (LAC).
After noting down the numbers open the site (OpenCellID) and enter both cell id and local area code. It will give you the location where the phone is connected to.
*Note- dial *#06# and note down the IMEI number(s) and save it on other than your phone. You can use this number to track your device.
What if your phone has been hacked?
If the results are negative, cheers, but if not what you should do to protect yourself? Now enter the code ##002# in your dial pad, this will deactivate all your call forwarding and switch off all redirections from your phone.
Install a reputable antivirus and scan your phone completely. Sometimes malware is so advanced that they can even bypass the scan. If results are still same then take backup of your important files and wipe your phone with the factory reset.
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Protect yourself from further breaches by encrypting your data by going to setting>security (on most phones). But before that put your phone on charging then start encrypting because it can take a few hours to fully encrypt your data. It can damage your phone if your device shuts down while encrypting the data. Its better you plug in your charger.
Finally, once you have secured your phone remember not to install apps from unknown source. Always install from Playstore and keep the setting “Unknown sources” disabled so that even if you try to install malicious app unintentionally your device will warn you.
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