Signs That Indicate Your Smartphone Is Infected By Malware

Before ransomware attacks that have recently shocked the globe, malware attacks were mainly targeted at desktops. But now, viruses are targeting tablets and smartphones to gain access to personal data through breaking into online banking, apps, and personal emails. If you have a smartphone, you are a potential target! The attackers can encrypt your info, threaten to auction it in the black market, and even demand a ransom. Get the facts right. No one is really safe today!

In this post, we bring you the most important signs that indicate your smartphone is infected and how to stay safe.

The phone system starts behaving irregularly

If your smartphone system or app suddenly fails even though it was working properly, the chances are that you have been attacked. You need be on the lookout for signs of strange activities such as sudden apps closure or error messages. This is an indication that a malicious code has gotten into the phone and is running from the background.

Once a malware takes over an app, it can gain access illegally and start issuing commands with the admin permissions. You can note this by remaining apt about the last activity. If you accessed an app around 2 pm but notice that additional activities were made from the phone in the subsequent hours, you are under attack. It is very important also to note things such as the battery draining faster than normal and overuse of other phone resources.

The SMS and call logs have unknown numbers

One of the common methods used to send malicious codes into your phone is text messages. Many malware companies usually send these self-executing codes using unknown numbers. This method of spreading attacks is preferred for sending Trojans that target smartphones. You should regularly check the call and text logs to see whether there are unknown numbers that pose the phone to risks.

Higher than usual data usage

Many malicious apps will only work when you have phone data. For example, malicious apps take advantage of the data plan to exchange info with the cybercriminals. Because malicious apps have to communicate and execute orders progressively, the chances are that the data plan will be exhausted very fast.  You should carefully follow personal data usage to know when malware is using extra data. The latest smartphones even allow users to set notifications on data is being drained without their authorization.

Getting charged for services you never used

If the malware is using the phone data, messages, or calls, you will be billed for the services. This means that you are likely to get a bill bigger than normal. If you have linked the phone services to the personal credit card, a bill will also be slapped on the card. To avoid such costs, the user must be alert and always identify higher than normal charges. It is also crucial to install an appropriate security solution to scan the phone for malware regularly.

Tips for protecting your phone from malware

While it is true that technological advances should not be feared, you need to be proactive to remain secure all the time.  Here are some of the best tips for keeping your smartphone secure.

  1. Always back up your phone data regularly
  2. Only download apps from secure stores
  3. Always use a screen lock and passcodes
  4. Do not jailbreak the smartphone
  5. Always use antivirus services from a reliable company

Keeping data usage in check on your mobile phone

What did we ever do before the advent of smartphones? It is nearly impossible to imagine life without them, yet a mere decade ago, these incredible gadgets simply did not exist.

Luckily, today we can use them to do just about anything – surf the internet, book travel tickets, help us navigate, check emails, keep in contact with our friends and play games. Actually, the list of their uses is practically endless.

Even in the world of business, the smartphone has become indispensable. It gives businessmen a mini-office right at their fingertips. The only thing missing is a secretary!

Now if there is a slight problem with smartphones (other than their cost), it is the fact that these gadgets are certainly very data hungry. That’s not a problem if you have an unlimited data contract but unfortunately, unless you are a businessman, the chances are pretty slim.

Many people, especially those upgrading to a smartphone for the first time find that they use data far quicker than they ever did before. And there are a number of reasons for that but generally, it is because smartphones are simply more data hungry than a regular mobile phone. Their applications and processes need data. Think of the simple weather widget. It might be set to update every hour. How does it do that? By accessing the internet of course and that means it uses data to do so.

In this blog we are going to look at a few tips you can use to help cut your data usage on your smartphone, ensuring your data package lasts longer than ever before.

Compression web browsers are key

Most smartphones come with either Google Chrome (Android) or Safari (iOS). These browsers are great but they tend to use a lot of data. Turn on compression mode in Google Chrome (settings/data save) or download Opera, a browser specially made to compress data. This can save as much as 30% in the long run.

Check background data usage

Many processes and apps on your smartphone need to perform an operation known as synching. This uses data. Luckily you can set this in various apps. For example, your mailbox might look for new mail every 5 minutes. Each time it does this, it uses a little bit of data. Set it to check every hour instead. If you are expecting an important mail, you can check for it manually.

Auto updates are a no-no!

It’s fun having a wide range of apps on our smartphones. Games, news updates, and other applications all get updated regularly. Make sure you turn auto updates off on your phone otherwise these will update without you knowing and your data will be gone in a flash. To update these apps, do it when you are in a free Wi-Fi zone. Your phone can be set to only update these apps when entering one so as not to use all your mobile data.

Secure Wi-Fi connections whenever you can

Wi-Fi is the perfect way to save on data. You should ensure that your phone connects whenever possible. Visiting a friend with Wi-Fi? Ask for the password and make sure your phone connects automatically when you visit. If you have Wi-Fi at home, stay connected at all times.

Keep track

Your phone has built-in data usage tools that you can study. This is a great way to see how much data you are using and which apps use the most. You will quickly find that social media are most to blame when it comes to data usage. Limiting your time on social media can help make those precious kilobytes last a little longer.