Signs that confirm that an Android Smart phone is hacked

As the use of Android based smart phones is increasing, studies suggest that these gadgets are becoming favorite targets to hackers and cyber criminals. Now to those who aren’t aware about the tech of ‘Smart Phone Hacking’ here’s a gist on it. A smart phone hack means presence of malicious apps or software such as malware, spyware or programs that can steal sensitive data like banking credentials, crypto currency from wallets, photos, videos and other sensitive files from a smart phone.

Now, coming to the signs that confirm that an Android Smart phone is hacked, here are some tips to identify-

If your phone is being bombarded with ads from unknown sources, then it means that the phone has some malware infection loaded onto it.

In case if unknown apps are getting installed without your knowledge, then it clearly indicates that some malicious activity is taking place in the background.

Another sign that your mobile is hacked is that the app/s disappears as soon as they are downloaded.

Other big sign that indicates a smart phone is hacked is when the battery of the smart phone drains suddenly. Especially when it shows 100% while charging and then shows only 10% after 2-3 hours of battery recharge.

Sometimes, in rare cases, your phone’s call list has a feed of missed calls or unknown international calls and this clearly indicates that your phone is hacked

Sudden increase in mobile data consumption also indicates that your phone is infected by malevolent apps

Drop in phone’s performance resulting in app freezes and longer time to upload also indicates malware infection on the smart phone.

What to do with your phone at this stage?

Just download a mobile security application and see that it keeps your device secure enough from then on by regularly scanning for cyber threats and neutralizing them. Going for premium anti-malware software makes complete sense, as it can help in detecting mobile ransomware and cyptomining software as well.

Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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