However, with the rise of smartphone usage also comes the rise of malicious hackers who are willing to hack into your smartphone and steal sensitive data.
There are several ways through which hackers can get access to your smartphone.
The most common ways Hackers can get access to your smartphone.• Snoopware: The makers of this malware specifically market it to parents who want to keep a check on their kids’ activities such as texts, emails, calls, contacts and passwords. Financial transactions are also tracked via it.
• Spam: You must be aware of spam emails in your junk folder. This same thing can show up on your smartphone. Some spam messages contain malicious links which are in turn programmed to steal sensitive data from your smartphone.
• Smiphishing: This is a hackers trick similar to email phishing on PC, but happens on smartphones via SMS (Short Message Service). In most instances, one would receive an SMS from a fraudster posing as a businessman asking you to fill in your credentials including credit card information only to hack you later on.
• Bluetooth: A Bluetooth device is one such tool which can be hacked when its turned on, even if it is not being used.
What You Can Do To Protect Yourself from Hackers• Keep your phone locked when not in use. You should also set a password which you must regularly change so as to make sure no one second guesses it.
• Enable the “Tracking Capability” of your phone. By doing so, you will be able to view the location of the phone on the map and also track it virtually and reclaim it in case it gets lost.
• Keep your phone’s firmware up to date. Although your smartphone will automatically update the firmware to the latest version, you will need to manually update it if you have turned off the updates.
• Make sure that you only download apps from a verified source like Google Play Store and Apple Store and also be cautious enough to read the description of every app you download so as to be sure of what you’re getting.
• Make sure you verify the apps permission before you install it in your phone. Some apps may ask you for personal information before getting installed, disallow such apps from accessing your phone.
• Do not click in any link sent via text messages since it could be from a spammer looking to install malware on your phone or one looking to steal vital personal data such as bank account details.
• Use Secure Wi-Fi: Don’t get excited by the prospect of free Wi-Fi networks since it has many loopholes which can be exploited by hackers to steal your sensitive data.
One of the most common signs showing that your smartphone has been hacked is that apps open themselves or the battery drains rather too quickly. I hope the above tips will enable you to keep your smartphone safe from hackers.
PS: This is a contribution from Sadia Suhail.