This is a guest post article by John OcamposSEO Manager of Softvire Australia
In today’s digital landscape, individuals and enterprises execute most of their tasks using the World Wide Web. While technological advancements have given us more convenience and efficiency at work and other personal errands, bear in mind that cybercriminals are also taking advantage of these changes.
Just recently, BBC News have posted alarming hacking and security breach incidents affecting over 147 million people in the US, 14 million UK citizens, and 100,000 Canadians. Reports also show the after effects in massive Equifax data breached; in which, Equifax needs to compensate an estimate of $700 million to settle the casualties.
In addition, cybersecurity experts and IT professionals have discovered new methods used by hackers to victimize mobile users. This includes “warshipping”, spearphone, Minerva attack, WIB attack, WSD attack, and the CTRL-ALT-LED attack. Clearly, cybercriminals have also become more innovative with their strategies to hack user credentials and spread malware.
In this article, you will learn some of the key indicators your device is getting hacked. Keep in mind that some of these attacks are quite tricky to detect. Hopefully, these guidelines should help you find the best solutions to prevent hacking attempts and malware attacks.
Key Indicator #1: Your Device Seems Slower than Before
One way to tell your device is infected by viruses or malware attacks is when you notice your device is running slowly. Take note however that this is usually not the case. To be sure, check if your OS (Operating System) is still up-to-date as this could also affect your device’s performance. The same thing goes with the processor’s memory space. If both are spot on, it is best to scan your system right way to detect any malicious programs.
Key Indicator #2: Having Problems with your Access
Another sign your device is getting hacked is when you notice you’re having a hard time logging in to your account despite the fact you’re inputting the right credentials.
There are several ways to address this concern. First, you can try to retrieve your account by resetting or changing your password if you can. This should enable the dual-factor authentication; where a verification code is sent to your email or your mobile number.
In case your primary email has been hacked, as well—and you don’t have any backup recover options, you need to call your service provider right away to suspend your account. Keep in mind though that they will ask for your personal identification to verify your account.
Key Indicator #3: Unsolicited Activities or Unauthorized Access from Other Users or Sources
This is one of the strongest indicators your device has been hacked. If you notice any activities from anonymous sources, report it to the authorities right away. At this point, the hackers may have gotten some of your personal information, which they could use against you.
Good thing today, most devices specifically digital applications and platforms such as emails, Social Media, and other online accounts have multi-factor and biometric authentication to prevent unauthorized parties to access your accounts. Keep in mind however that there are still some cases where they can still breach to your system.
For more complex cases, it is best to hire professional cybersecurity experts to help you resolve the issue.
Key Indicator #4: Unusual Decrease in Battery Life
Just like your device’s sluggish performance, noticeable decrease in battery life can also be an indicator of hacking attempts or malware attacks.
For instance, Drainerbot is one of the most common malware attacks used by hackers and cybercriminals today. This is actually an app-based fraud operation which can affect your mobile devices and even your desktop computers’ system performance. Usually, these bots can come from fake online ads, video clips, and infected promo codes.
Other types of malware attacks in mobile devices you should be aware of are SMS phishing, worms, Trojan, spyware, and ransomware. These malware programs can not only drain your device’s battery life, it can also consume your data and even lockdown your system.
Key Indicator #5: Mystery Popups
If you haven’t purchased anything or subscribed to certain services, and there are still mysterious notifications popping up to your screen, chances are your device has been infected with adware.
Adware is a type of malware that could manipulate your devices to click or view certain pages. According to IT experts, cybercriminals use this technique to drive revenue through clicks.
In case the popups or notifications have nothing to do with a compromised or infected device, you still need to be cautious when clicking these links. This could be a phishing attempt. To be safe, verify the URL using reliable link scanners like Norton SafeWeb, URLVoid, and ScanURL. These tools can index the remote address then provide a detailed report of the findings, which allows you to check the site without loading it.
Key Indicator #6: Unusual or Suspicious Activities on Any Account Linked to Your Device
The moment the hacker has breached access to your phone or your device got stolen, bear in mind that they could manage its accounts. This includes your Social Media, mobile banking, email, and other applications. Try to retrieve some of your accounts by using other devices. If you cannot access them, call your service providers right away.
Take note that it could only take a few seconds for them to open new accounts using your identity. They can even use your online bank accounts or credit cards, especially if your accounts are not secured with multi-factor or biometric authentication.
Key Indicator #7: Device Keeps on Rebooting
Constant automatic reboot could mean your phone or device is infected by virus or a malware attack. There are several ways to resolve this. First, you can disable automatic restart, and delete bad registry files. Check if your drivers are up-to-date. You may also need to configure certain hardware to see if there are issues.
If the device is still rebooting despite changing the settings, you might need to upgrade your security software.
Key Indicator #8: Unstable Network
Another sign your device is getting hacked if you’re constantly experiencing connection problems with your own network. Take note that professional hackers can easily crack passwords.
Check your router right away and see if there are unauthorized users connected to your WiFi. If there are anonymous or unauthorized connections, reset your router and change your passwords right away to avoid hacking attempts.
These are some of the signs or indicators your device is getting hacked. Again, take necessary precautions with your activities. Update your security software, and be cautious when connecting to public network.
John is an Opera Singer by profession, and a member of the Philippine Tenors. Ever since, Digital Marketing has always been his forte. He is the CEO of MegaMedia Internet Advertising Inc., and the Managing Director of Tech-Hacker. John is also the current SEO Manager of Softivire New Zealand and Softvire Australia – the leading software ecommerce company in Australia.