Wondering if that computer in your pocket is really safe? That’s a legit concern as have so much of our digital lives on our phones. Here are a few things to look out for whether you have an iPhone or Android phone.
You’re noticing some sluggish smartphone performance.
You click on an app and you notice that it is definitely taking longer than expected to load. That’s one of the first signs that your phone’s safety could be compromised. The same goes if the app crashes randomly too. You might have downloaded an app that is slowing down your entire phone and could be potentially dangerous malware.
Your phone’s battery level drops faster than usual.
Yes, smartphone batteries drain faster as you use your phone over time. But if you notice that your phone’s battery level is dropping rapidly, it could point towards malware. Sometimes malware is secretly running away in the background on your phone.
Here is a video to give you even more information. There are even “evil maids” that may install harmful malware on your unattended phone when you go to a hotel.
What should you do if you think you’ve been hacked?
If you think your smartphone may have been infected with a virus, malware or something else sketchy, the first thing to do is download a reliable antivirus app and run a scan.
If the problem persists, the last resort may be to factory reset your phone – but back up important files like photos and contact information that you know is safe first.
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