Our daily lives are now completely dependent on smartphones since they are time-saving devices that can be used for instantaneous money transfers, restaurant orders, and taxi bookings. Most of us have become so accustomed to trusting our phones over time that we now save private images, credit card information, and other sensitive credentials on them.
But be prepared to lose everything and incur significant expenses if we act complacently when handling the phone.
Cybercriminals are focusing more on stealing financial information from smartphone users and even attempting to obtain intimate images and videos by holding them hostage.
Additionally, there are instances of espionage, in which malevolent actors track the movements of prominent people, including opposition political party members, human rights advocates, and investigative journalists, with the intention of using that information to incriminate them in court.
Sometimes, state-sponsored spy organizations or cyber mercenaries attempt to carry out a character assassination by stealing a specific person’s private images, videos, or texts from their phone and leaking them on social media.
Following the Pegasus spyware controversy in 2021, Apple implemented a sophisticated security screening system that is capable of identifying any unauthorized attempt to breach or seize control of iPhones in 150+ countries worldwide. It withholds detailed information about the enhancements it has made to safeguard the iPhone for security reasons, as this could lead to threat actors devising fresh methods to try hacking.
By assisting phone users in identifying which app is accessing vital components like the GPS, camera, and microphone, Google has also increased user privacy security.
Moreover, Google and Apple have established incentive schemes for independent researchers, ethical hackers, and large-scale internet security firms to find vulnerabilities in their systems and assist in patching them before malevolent actors take advantage of them.
Apple recently notified members of the Indian opposition party that there was an illegal effort to breach their devices. This has raised questions about user privacy across the nation.
These are clear indicators that someone has hacked your phone:
- If you observe any strange behaviors, such as sending messages that you didn’t send.
- Wrongly removing items that you never wanted to remove
- Making purchases that you are unaware of, It is unmistakably evidence of account hacking.
- If someone other than you locked your device or put it in Lost Mode, or if your password is no longer working,
- In the event that your phone is using more internet bandwidth than normal
[iOS: To find out which app is using up more data, go to Settings >> Mobile Service >> Scroll down.]
[Android: Select Network & Internet under Settings] [To find out which apps are using more data, select Data Usage.]
- Quick battery drain
[iOS: To find out which apps are consuming the most energy, go to Settings >> Energy].
[Android: Select Settings >> Battery >> Usage of battery] View the most popular apps that are being used.
On phones, an orange or green dot light appears next to the front camera anytime an app uses the camera or microphone. It’s obvious that someone is listening to or recording you if no apps are open.
An arrow indicating that an app is tracking the device’s motions and location shows at the top of the screen while GPS is being used. Make sure that the only apps that have access to the device’s GPS tracking are the ones you have chosen (such as Google Maps, Apple Maps, or well-known navigation apps).
The company (via email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org) will notify the concerned party in two ways if any Apple devices have already been compromised:
1) Using the iMessage app to send emails and SMS to phone numbers and email addresses that have been registered
2) by putting up a banner on the Apple ID website (which requires registration).
Additionally, Google (using the email@example.com ID) will promptly notify you if there is ever any suspicious behavior connected to any Gmail account so you may safeguard the information. Additionally, Google will notify you via email that someone has been barred from accessing your personal account, with the subject line “Suspicious sign-in prevented.”
Advice on how to protect yourself from the risks of hacking
Only ever install software from the official Windows Store, Google Play, or Apple App Store.
Make sure the security firmware and software on your device are up-to-date.
Make sure to choose a secure passcode and to change it frequently—at least once or twice a month.
Make sure your email address is connected to both a primary and a backup email address. This will be really beneficial for getting the hacked account back.
Turn on two-factor authentication for mobile apps to virtually completely prevent account hacking.
The user receives notifications via official or personal email ID whenever they check in to an online account using their Apple ID or Gmail ID. If it’s not you, you can stop it right now. Avoid wasting time. ‘Review the devices’ with the URL is included in the email. To end the unauthorized login attempt, click on it.
Develop the habit of auditing the apps that are installed on your phone. Delete any unknown apps you find right away if you don’t remember downloading them. It is best to delete it if you haven’t used it in a while.
Delete any unknown apps from your phone that are using up data or draining the battery in the background.
When clicking on a URL link in an email or SMS from someone you don’t know, proceed with extreme caution. Ignore them, please.
Never divulge to third parties personal information like your password or email address. Make sure you reset the password after a certain amount of time if you offer it to a loved one for an urgent reason.
Never give out your financial information to anyone over the phone, by email, or via SMS, even if they claim to be from a bank or other official body.
If you suddenly receive a job offer that promises a large salary or a million-dollar jackpot, you should, at all costs, disregard the message. They will make an effort to get you to pay for customs duties or processing costs. You won’t hear from them again after that.
Refrain from utilizing public Wi-Fi for personal purposes, especially when it comes to electronic money transfers.