Ten warning signs that your phone is spying on you and tips on removing spyware – Scottish Daily Express

Posted: September 29, 2022 at 12:31 am

Many people will be completely unaware that hackers have infiltrated their phone using malicious spyware that is harder to detect than ever before.

In 2021 The New York Times reported a 65 per cent increase in the number of phones infected by spyware and stalkerware through apps and links.

With this in mind, cyber security experts from VPNOverview reveal the top ten warning signs that could indicate that hackers are using your phone to spy on you. The study also details how you can prevent and remove spyware that hackers may have installed onto your phone.

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How can you detect spyware on your iPhone and Android? Below are ten common signs indicating that your phone is being monitored. If multiple of these signs are present, you very well might be dealing with spyware:

1. Slow performance

Constant slowing down or lagging is a possible indication of spyware operating on your phone. It could result from the resource-intensive spyware constantly running in the background, uploading your data, photos, and documents to an external server. Make sure this isnt happening by checking your phone for any unfamiliar apps and scanning any hidden apps using an antivirus program. Deleting these may improve the performance of your device.

2. Random reboots

Is your phone rebooting itself without your authorisation? This can indicate that someone has remote, administrator-level access to your phone. The hacker can do whatever they want with your device if this is the case. To rule out the presence of spyware, you can update your phones operating system, and delete any malfunctioning apps. If neither of these solutions solves the random reboots, you may have spyware on your phone.

3. Strange text messages

Hackers can use text messages to take a screenshot, detect your location or even gain control of your phone. You should be not only vigilant of incoming texts but also outgoing texts as a hacker can send text messages from your phone to communicate with their own server. Any message that looks unfamiliar, sounds like gibberish or appears outright strange should be ignored. This is especially the case for unfamiliar texts containing links; these links can allow a hacker access to your phone if clicked on.

4. Overheating

An overheating phone can indicate that a malicious app is running in the background, especially if the overheating occurs when the phone is on standby. You can rule out the threat of spyware by first checking that your phone doesnt have a hardware issue or checking that the apps you have installed are not large resource consumers. You can go into your phone's settings and check your app list to see which apps use the most resources; apps are usually presented in order of most resource use. Some apps will have legitimate reasons for taking up energy on your phone, but any that use more than they should be the culprit and should be deleted.

5. Unusually high data usage

A hacker's primary goal is to harvest your data, to sell it to the black market or use it to blackmail you. To gather this information, a hacker will remotely access your phone and transfer your files to their server, which requires data usage on your end. Therefore, if your cellular data usage seems unusually high, this could indicate that something suspicious is going on with your phone. It is a good idea to keep track of your monthly data use to identify any unexpected spikes.

6. Unfamiliar apps in your app list

Some viruses and spyware are cleverly hidden amongst your legitimate apps. It is good practice to regularly go through your installed apps and check for any apps you do not recognise or dont know the function of. Uninstall these apps by going to the settings on your phone and locating your apps list.

7. Battery draining fast

Your phone's battery life can be affected by two things: age, causing it to malfunction, or your phone is using a lot of resources that require a lot of energy. In the latter case, this could be caused by a legitimate app consuming too many resources or something more sinister, like spyware. To rule out the possibility of a hacker spying on your phone, you can replace your phone battery by a suitable technician or by yourself if possible. If your battery life hasnt improved, this could be due to spyware executing various tasks on your phone.

8. Taking a long time to shut down

If your phone takes a long time to shut down, it may be infected with spyware. This is because spyware tends to run constantly in the background transmitting your data to third parties, and your phone will be trying to close down all of these hidden programmes before it can shut down.

9. Weird sounds during phone calls

Phone tapping is perhaps one of the most well-known indicators that your phone is being monitored as many movies and TV shows portray this form of hacking. Spyware can be used to eavesdrop on your phone calls, and it frequently makes beeping and flashing sounds while doing so. These sounds should not be dismissed as they could be a warning sign of spyware.

10. Signs of activity in standby mode

Suppose your phone begins to light up or make unusual noises when in standby mode; your phone could be infected with spyware. If these noises and flashing lights are not due to notifications of calls, texts, emails, or any other familiar activity, you should check to see if there are any legitimate apps that are malfunctioning or restart your phone.

An expert from VPNOverview said: "Modern spyware installed by an advanced hacker is notoriously hard to find on your phone for the average user. Antivirus software such as Norton 360 is recommended to catch any spyware and protect your phone from being infected by spyware in the future.

"Whilst some spyware is hidden by hackers, some spyware programs will appear amongst your apps. These apps may show up as parental control apps intended to be used to monitor a childs cyber safety, however, they could have been installed by a jealous ex-partner to spy on you.

"It is essential to keep track of unfamiliar apps and delete them immediately. Look out for apps by the name of mSpy, Spyera, Flexispy, Umobix, Ikey Monitor, and Clevguard."


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