How to Prevent Your iPhone From Being Hacked And What To Do If It Has
Your iPhone Can be Hacked
According to this USA Today article, if you’ve used someone else’s charger it’s quite possible that your iPhone could have been hacked. That means another individual or organization may have gained access to your texts, emails, search history, passwords or even your data plan.
According to Georgia Tech research scientists, what looks like an iPhone charger may in fact be a computer in disguise. Public iPhone chargers, like you might find at an airport, aren’t entirely trustworthy either. If you have used someone else’s charger or plugged your phone into one of these public-charging stations, you’re protected as long as you do not unlock your phone. But if you do unlock your phone, however briefly, the hacker can upload their malicious software.
The software used to hack your phone is virtually undetectable. Typically it looks exactly like an app you already have on your iPhone (i.e.: Facebook or Twitter) but in fact, could be accessed remotely by the hacker who uploaded it to navigate your phone and download sensitive information.
Five Ways To Determine If Your iPhone Has Been Hacked
How can you tell if your iPhone has been hacked? Our friends at e-How have come up with a list of things you can do to check.
- Wake your iPhone and, from the home screen, select the SMS icon
- Have you gotten a message from an unrecognized number? If you have a message that is only a square character, your iPhone may have been the target of an SMS hack.
- Have you noticed a change in your phone’s battery life? If your iPhone’s battery is draining faster than usual, a hacker may be using your cell service.
- Does your iPhone feel warmer than usual? That may also be a sign that someone is using your cell service without your knowledge.
- Can you hear a buzzing sound coming from your iPhone between calls? This could mean that your iPhone’s microphone has been hacked and is transmitting audio without your consent.
If you’re sure your iPhone has been hacked, follow these steps to reset your phone to the factory settings:
Warning: Only reset your phone to the factory settings if you are absolutely sure you have to because you will lose any information you haven’t backed up on your computer.
- Plug your iPhone into your computer.
- Open iTunes.
- Be sure that all important information stored on your phone has been backed up on your computer.
- Click “Devices” located on the left side of the window.
- Click “Restore” located at the bottom of the window.
- After your phone has been reset to the factory settings, you will have to put back whatever apps and music you had on your phone before the reset.