Do you have that sneaky feeling that there is something wrong with your cellphone? Does it act weird all of a sudden for no apparent reason? If you answer to both those questions is “yes” then you might have a spyware problem. As cellphones get a lot more sophisticated, hackers also get more aggressive in their attacks, more malicious than ever before. Before you become the next victim you should know the early signs of a cellphone spyware infection, so you can do something before it too late.
Here are the most common warning signs that your cellphone has gotten infected by cell phone spying software:
- Strange new icons that you cannot get rid of – The most common sign that you have a spyware problem is when you suddenly get a couple of new icons in your home screen even though you did not remember installing any new apps or games.
- Battery Drain – If you notice that your battery does not last as long as it is supposed to then you have a spyware problem. The reason why your battery gets drained quickly is because hidden applications are running in the background, this constant activity uses up a lot of your battery’s charge.
- Phone Keeps Shutting Down or Resetting All by Itself – If the spyware gets into your phone’s firmware (this is basically the phone’s operating system), it will usually mess up the programming. Oftentimes the spyware will cause applications to run a lot slower than normal, and in extreme cases it will cause the cellphone to shut down even if you do not press the power button.
- Your Monthly Cellphone Bill Suddenly Increased – Spyware often uses your cellphone’s data connections. Even if you do not use your phone to surf the internet, if spyware found a way into your smartphone it will cause it to connect to the internet even if you do not want to. If you notice that the data connection or gprs connection icons suddenly turned on, this is caused by spyware infiltrating your smartphone’s firmware.
These signs of spyware in your cellphone is not the only problem, you may also become a victim of identity theft. As its name suggests, spyware will get all of your personal information from your cellphone and send it to a hacker who will then use it for unscrupulous acts; which is why you need to protect your cellphone at all times so that you will not become the next victim.
Spyware does not get into your phone if someone did not put it there, so you should always keep your phone with you at all times. Sometimes, you’re the one that installs the spyware, albeit unintentionally; do not open any email attachments from people you do not know, because once you open them the spyware will automatically install itself in your smartphone. If you find that your cellphone has been infected with a spyware of some sort, you should immediately take out the sim card from the phone and take it to a certified technician.