The device you keep in your pocket is more than just a smartphone. It is a computer that can outperform the lunar landing computers of 1969 by millions of times!
Your smartphone is essentially a mini-computer that fits in your pocket, so the same goes for its vulnerability to spyware, adware, and ransomware, just like your laptop.
Unlike a normal computer, you may have trouble figuring out if your device is infected. Because the malware authors do not want their software to be discovered and removed, you’ll have to be vigilant in watching out for signs of trouble.
How do you know if your phone has been infected with malware?
Take heed of these warnings:
1. You’ve Been Charged Fees You Weren’t Aware Of
Be sure to review your phone bill or credit card statement and find out what each charge is for. There is a possibility that you might be a victim of cramming, a scam where unauthorized services are added to your phone and charges are made to your phone bill. It has been alleged that some wireless carriers knowingly conceal bogus charges to pocket a percentage of the rate. You must be diligent and catch these illegal charges.
2. It’s Heating Up On Your Phone
The internal CPU or charging mechanism of your phone should not be overworked under normal circumstances, but certain malware can overload it. Which leads to? Overheating! You should unplug your phone if it’s overheating and turn it off. The phone can explode if left unattended.
3. A Persistent Pop-Up Ad
You may have been infected with adware if you’re suddenly seeing a lot of advertisements in a particular app or even when you don’t have any apps open. Often, these pop-ups generate revenue through click-through ads, infect your computer with malware, or lead you to scams. Be cautious! Never click on them!
4. A Drop-In Call Quality And Poor Connection
Infected phones can have trouble maintaining a stable Wi-Fi or cellular connection if an outgoing connection to a foreign server is initiated, leading to call dropouts and poor connection quality. If other phones in your house are not experiencing dropped calls, and other devices on Wi-Fi are working properly, malware may be to blame!
5. You’ve Run Out Of Battery Frequently
Battery life will not change dramatically with normal wear and tear, even though batteries naturally degrade over time. Your battery could be depleted more quickly than expected due to malware that is hijacking your phone’s components to perform background tasks.
6. A New App Shows Up Out Of Nowhere
Installing additional programs can be a problem when you download an app that contains malware. Review your application list to ensure you’re familiar with everything on your phone. Avoid opening anything unfamiliar on your phone.
7. An Abnormal Consumption Of Data
Internet is the primary channel through which malicious software sends and receives information from its creators. Look at your phone’s data usage to see whether apps are using more data than you anticipated.
Is Your Smartphone Acting Up Lately? Here Are Some Solutions!
Your phone needs to be repaired right away if you find out it has a virus. Go into airplane mode first. Any malicious applications won’t be able to receive and send data via the phone while in airplane mode. And, then:
1. Go Onto Android’s Safe Mode
It appears that something is suspicious on your phone, or you have some other sign of malware. What do you do? Try booting into safe mode if you’re on Android.
Most new phones require you to hold the Power button until you get the option to enter safe mode and then press Power Off until you get the opportunity. Taking advantage of this feature allows you to inspect your phone for any unusual activity, remove any apps you suspect may be infected, then return to normal mode and see whether the issue has been resolved.
You need to jailbreak the iPhone to enter safe mode, so most Apple smartphone users won’t be able to use this solution!
2. Run A Virus Scan
Especially if you’re on an Android device, it’s time to select an antivirus if you aren’t able to find anything. However, avoid any free app describing itself as an antivirus. If you’re looking for antivirus apps for Android, then choose an established name such as Bitdefender, Norton, Kaspersky, or McAfee. The program should be set up to scan for viruses, detect malware, and remove it. Invest in one, and let it perform a virus scan.
3. It’s Time To Reset Your Device
A factory reset may be the only option left to you if you find no other solution to free your device from malware. You can be assured that your phone will be completely wiped clean of malware. It may be possible to restore from a previous backup if you kept a copy of your phone before it went defective (and you should).
Erase your iPhone by going into Settings > General > Reset, if you have a backup. Android users may need to consult their manufacturer for specific instructions. Open the Settings app, then General management, and then Reset. Then choose Factory Data Reset from the menu. The following instructions will help you restore data from a Google Drive backup.
Malware is no laughing matter. Keep an eye on what you download and the permissions you give your apps so that you don’t become the victim of an attack.
Consider reading reviews of apps carefully before downloading anything. It allows you to ensure the app delivers what it promises, though be wary of apps with suspiciously high ratings and those with repetitive reviews.
There might be a pay-for-play element to your information security. Consider your decision carefully before giving away personal information to an app you have installed. It may present you with an offer you did not expect or ask for the personal information you were not expecting.
The rule of thumb is generally to grant access to an app only to the features it needs. If it’s a messaging app and asks for access to your camera or phone, for instance, that might mean something is wrong. A permission manager is available under the privacy settings of Android and iPhone devices. Be aware! Keep safe!