How To Tell If Your Smartphone Has Been Hacked

Something’s not right. Maybe your phone is losing its charge way too quickly. Or one day it suddenly starts turning itself off and on again. Perhaps it’s running hot–so hot it’s hard to hold. Likewise, you might see outgoing calls that you never dialled or strange spikes in your data usage.

Signs like these could mean that your smartphone’s been hacked.

Several signs of a potential smartphone hack can look like a technical issue, at least on the surface. Yet the fact is that these issues may be a symptom of a deeper problem, such as malware installed on your smartphone. Malware can eat up system resources or conflict with other apps and your operating system, all of which can cause your phone to act sluggish or erratically.

Yet, in a way, that’s good news. Because malware can run inefficiently on your phone and create hiccups both large and small, it can tip you off to its presence. And with all the important information we carry in the palms of our hands nowadays, that’s good news twice over. Knowing the signs, subtle or otherwise can alert you to an otherwise largely invisible problem.

Hacking software and their symptoms 

Whether hackers physically sneak it onto your phone or by tricking you into installing it via a phoney app, a sketchy website, or a phishing attack, hacking software can create problems for you in a couple of ways:

  • Keylogging: In the hands of a hacker, keylogging works like a stalker by snooping information as you type, tap, and even talk on your phone.
  • Trojans: Trojans are types of malware that can be disguised in your phone to extract important data, such as credit card account details or personal information.
  • Cryptominers: Similar to trojans, this software hides on a device. From there, it harnesses the device’s computing power to “mine” cryptocurrencies. While crypto mining is not illegal, “cryptojacking” a device without the owner’s consent is most certainly illegal.
  • Some possible signs of hacking software on your phone include:

    Performance issues

    Maybe you’ve seen some of the signs we mentioned earlier. Is your device operating slower, are web pages and apps harder to load, or does your battery never…