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  • Writer's pictureBurton Kelso, Tech Expert

How To Tell If Your Smartphone Has Been Hacked

There are many horrible things that can happen with your smartphone, but there's nothing worse than having a cyber crook break in and get access to your personal data. Both Apple and Android do a very good job of making sure your gadgets are protected from criminals, but they are always looking for new ways to get access to your passwords, photos, documents, and anything else they can use to make a profit. If you want to make sure your smartphone is protected from hackers, check out these easy tips that will give you peace of mind when it comes to the safety of your phone.

99% of the time, when it comes to your smartphone, you are responsible for it getting hacked. Cybercrooks use social engineering tactics such as phishing text, email, and voice scams that trick you into installing a malicious app or visiting a dangerous website. Social engineering involves crooks posing as trusting companies or friends to get you to click on a link to download a program that will grant them access to your phone. Your smartphone can be physically hacked if someone figures out your password or uses your face while you are asleep to bypass facial recognition to get access. Your smartphone's information can wind up in the hands of criminals if they gain access to your Apple account or your Google Account. Finally, crooks can use SIM swapping to hack your phone. This works when a criminal calls your phone carrier pretends to be you, and requests a new SIM card. This process will disconnect your old line and transfer everything to the criminal’s device.