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How To Know If Your Phone Has Been Hacked

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Hackers are now more of a threat than they have ever been before, and you need to be careful about everything that you click on and download. Smartphones are also at risk. They have been targeted more often now that they contain such important financial information.

Luckily, you don’t necessarily need to be a tech expert to know if your phone has been hacked, there are some telltale signs to let you know if something is wrong.

Below are 5 clues that indicate your phone might have been hacked.

1- Loss in battery life

It is true that cellphone battery life will always diminish as it gets older, this is normal, but if your phone is infected with some kind of malware or spyware, it will drain the battery to a very extreme level, which in many cases could make it obvious that something is wrong.

2 – Diminished performance

Likewise, if the loss in battery life is coupled with phone problems like freezing or crashing, this could be an additional sign that you have been hacked and infected with spyware.

3 – Unusually high data usage

Spyware will also use data, so if your phone is using an unusual amount of data, that could be another sign that your phone has been taken over.

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4. Unauthorized activity

Be on the lookout for any type of unauthorized activity coming from your account, including outgoing calls or texts that you did not make, or strange alterations to your contact list.

5. Constant pop-ups

Pop-ups are one of the most well-known signs of a virus or a hack.

Earlier this year, cybersecurity experts were predicting an increased number of cyber-attacks because so many people are working from home now.

RiskHedge Report editor Stephen McBride recently suggested that the pandemic is setting up the biggest cyber attack in history.

McBridge points to the unique situation that many companies and governments around the world have been facing during the pandemic, allowing employees to work at home. Since this disruption happened mostly without warning, companies were not able to set up the proper protocols that are needed to safely have employees work from home. What this means is that every company’s “attack surface” has drastically increased now that so many people are working from home, leaving the door open for hackers.

Around the world, millions of workers are now using personal laptops on unsecured home internet connections to access sensitive files that could be attractive to hackers. Furthermore, since most companies’ computers are all connected through the same network, the hackers would only need to infiltrate one computer in order to gain access to the entire network.

This may sound strange, but things like this happen all the time, to some of the largest corporations or most notable government agencies in the world. For example, the largest military weapons contractor in the United States, Lockheed Martin, was infiltrated by hackers not long ago, and in that case, the breach happened because remote workers were targetted to gain access to the network.

Mark Horowitz is a graduate of Brandeis University with a degree in political science. Horowitz could have had a job at one of the top media organizations in the United States, but when working as an intern, he found that the journalists in the newsroom were confined by the anxieties and sensibilities of their bosses. Horowitz loved journalism, but wanted more freedom to pursue more complex topics than you would find on the evening news. Around the same time, he began to notice that there was a growing number of independent journalists developing followings online by sharing their in-depth analysis of advanced or off-beat topics. It wasn't long before Horowitz quit his internship with a large New York network to begin publishing his own material online.

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