There are a lot of reasons that could lead your phone to be hacked as posted in our last article 5 Clear Ways Your Phone Can Get Hacked which led us to write about how to fix your smartphone when hacked.
Below are tips on how to fix your smartphone when someone is spying on you.
Delete Unknown Apps
Monitor your phone and check if there is any unknown application installed. If yes, then check the data usage of the application. If this application is sending your information anywhere else, it will use more data. You’ll notice these apps running in background despite you never having seen or interacted with them before.
Use Antivirus software
There are plenty of good antivirus programs designed for all Operating systems. Utilizing this kind of software shields you from possible outside attacks. Antivirus protects your phone from the hacker. There are free versions available but superior protection will come with a price tag. For the free version, you can check out AVAST ANTIVIRUS, BITDEFENDER ANTIVIRUS.
Keep Your Phone Updated
Regular updates will keep the phone’s defenses up. You want your security system as up to date as possible. It may seem like an inconvenience, but ignoring that upgrade could cost you in the long run. Take a half-hour or so and upgrade your cell phone.
Avoid unprotected Wi-Fi networks
People like using free Wi-Fi in airports, hotels, bars, etc. when in public do not automatically connect to these free Wi-Fi networks despite its cost-saving, these networks might be risky. Using all these public networks to share information or make payments may expose critical information to hackers and get your privacy at risk.
We at AFRITECHGUIDE have come across people complaining that their device is been blocked and the hacker requesting some amount of money before he can unblock the phone again. This comes as a result of using unprotected public networks that displays every information about your device. So, always be at a safer side by using trusted and secured Wi-Fi networks.
Avoid downloading attachments or clicking links that are not from a reliable source
Intruders deceive users to perform activities like downloading attachments or clicking links on emails that automatically install malware (virus) to your phone. Hackers can trick you by sending a link that has your bank statement or a link to win prizes. It is advisable to avoid these tricks because intruders use the malware to secretly access sensitive data. Users should ensure that they download attachments or click links in emails from reliable sources.
This should be a last resort. A factory reset will clear ALL your data from the phone and restore it to its original, default settings. Your pictures, settings, and everything else will be erased. In this case, any hacking program will be removed from the phone along with all your files.
Avoid public USB Port Charging
A USB can be used to charge and transfer data from a phone to a computer. Malicious software can be transferred using a USB connection to a phone through a device concealed in a public charging system or a computer.
Depending on a phone’s security systems, different phones reveal different details when connected to a computer. Some of the information that can be disclosed include electronic chip ID, device name, and serial number among others.
Hackers can steal data or take control of your device after installing the malware. To avoid this, Users should use a power-only USB cable that does not have data transfer capability.
Also, you can power off your device when charging in case you do not have a power-only USB cable or carry your power bank.
Users have also been warned against connecting their smartphones to entertainment systems either through a USB or Bluetooth because the dashboard software can import sensitive data.
We hope these tips helped you fix your device to its working state. We’d advise you to use an antivirus on your device to be on the safer side.
In the future, make sure to always back up your files. In these cases, it’s less hassling to just do a factory reset. Also, before importing your backup, it would be extra to run it through a virus scanner as well, just to make sure everything is okay.
Let us know in the comments section below if these tips helped fix your device. We’d be more than delighted to hear back from you.