Knowing and Preventing Smartphone Hacking Risks

smartphone hacking risk

According to “Peeping Tom” Laws it is a crime to peep into someone else property or business without their consent. Offenders have to pay penalties after committing the offense. In the same way, cyber stalking can land criminals behind the bars, or they have to face restraining orders along with criminal penalties.

From grocery to banking, email to online activities we are linked to our smartphones which means single access to our phone can compromise on all our privacies and identity. Now the question is how an average person can be made alert to those cyber stalkers or intruders?
Hackers have multiple approaches to breach your phone, common ones are given below:

1.  Phishing

Phishing is usually a bogus or fraudulent attack on user personal information as passwords, credit card details, and other confidential data. The plot behind this activity is that they send official-looking messages, emails, photos, and codes. When the receiver opens that malicious link it can lead to the freezing of the android system and that hacking virus can steal all sensitive information.

2.  Strange activity

If you notice there is an unusual login location, new password requests, or sign-up verification then beware of Fake Microsoft login activity. An email is also sent by Google Account Support to tackle these hackers.

3.  Fabricated Wi-Fi spots

Your data can easily be stolen or hacked by setting up fabricated Wi-Fi spots so avoid those spots as much as possible. Most of the phones are built in good technology and they often give you warnings like “server identity cannot be found” so pay attention to the warning messages and secure your data.

4.  Unusual behavior of your phone

When you notice that your phone is consuming a lot of power and it’s getting slow then be alert as some malware and bogus apps cause phones to drain a lot of battery and your phone’s whole processing power is taken up by the hacker’s applications respectively.

You are fortunate if you are not facing any of these above problems. There is also a silver lining for the second group.
Following guidelines can help you to kick out those scammers out of your phone.

Your phone needs your possession

Never leave your phone unattended as don’t wait to be a prey. While moving through strangers lock your phone as all phones come in password protection capability. It is an advantage that you can protect your phone using facial recognition or even voice recognition. Moreover encrypting your phone can save your data from being hacked. Unprotected Bluetooth networks must be avoided as your data can easily be drained as professional hackers connect through their special software to devices with operating Bluetooth connections.

Are you downloading the official app?

If you are 100 percent sure about any application then there is nothing to worry about. Be careful before downloading an unofficial app. Although Google Play Store isn’t 100 percent secure from malware it is safer than downloading unauthenticated applications. The best way to ensure yourself is to read the reviews given by users, if reviews are not in favor of that app then don’t download it. Moreover, most of the malware app tries to take your will to access your personal information through camera, gallery, contacts, and other applications, don’t get tricked by them, and move only with legitimate applications.

Keep updating your operating system

Although updating the phone is tiresome but believe me, your phone needs it. Get important updates on your phone. In addition to enhanced features, they are made to fill up the security gaps and to close up the leaks that hackers may have discovered.

SIM card lock

Both iPhone and Android users can opt for a SIM card lock. Locking a SIM card can intact your identity and no one can use it unless having a password or biometric fingerprints.

Monster in the middle

Beware of Man in the middle or you can say them monsters in the middle while using public Wi-Fi. They try to steal login credentials or personal data, resources, or efforts. It is encouraged to avoid public Wi-Fi and to ensure secure connection use VPN.