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How to Prevent Your iPhone From Being Hacked And What To Do If It Has

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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.

  1. Wake your iPhone and, from the home screen, select the SMS icon

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    SMS icon
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Does your iPhone feel warmer than usual? That may also be a sign that someone is using your cell service without your knowledge.
  5. 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.

  1. Plug your iPhone into your computer.
  2. Open iTunes.
  3. Be sure that all important information stored on your phone has been backed up on your computer.
  4. Click “Devices” located on the left side of the window.
  5. Click “Restore” located at the bottom of the window.
  6. 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.

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  • My friend claims that my boyfriend has an active tinder account which he does not, and he has previously found out that one one created a fake account for a similar site. She also says that he gave her his number to text. She had messages from his number but he is saying that he would never do that. His iPhone has been acting strange lately, battery draining, quitting out of apps, and he gets an alert almost every day for 2 weeks now saying “Apple ID verification: please enter email password”. I think it’s a hack

  • I have a iphone 6. It is NOT jailbroken and it has been hacked. My phone was acting a little bit weird so I scrolled through settings and I noticed a app that I had never downloaded. It was right about the music app. It was very light in color (whitish) and the name was even lighter, barely noticeable but it did say NULL. I went in and deleted it and than the problems really began. I watched as someone scrolled through apps, opening different apps up, jumping from one to another. Someone was also attempting to figure out my passcode, maybe so he/she could change it. The hacker also accessed the microphone. There was a lot of interference when I tried to make a phone call, sounded like a fax machine sort of. I didn’t think twice then, I did not even back it up. I erased the phone, resetting it back to factory settings. I took it to AT&T (my carrier), to replace the SIM card and to issue me a new phone number. That night, I also downloaded a VPN. The next day, I turned the phone on and the hacker was still there. I put the phone in airplane mode and took it to Apple. While I was at Apple, explaining my problem and showing the person my problem, who saw the hacker remotely accessing my phone, I still couldn’t get someone to help me because I didn’t have an appointment and there was a 3.5 hr. wait. I was told by someone else that maybe my IMEI number may have been cloned. Has anyone else heard of that, and can my iphone be cleaned of this hacker? Someone, please help if you have any information. Thank you.

  • If ur phone is hot and the battery is draining fast then I’d definitely say yes, especially if you have a android and you run a scan on it that picks up a spy app your phone has been hacked. Go into settings and make sure that installation of apps from a untrustworthy/unknown sites isn’t on to allow that setting to install a app from some unknown source because a hacker has to open up that setting and allow installing those apps to download the spyware. Make sure to run scans daily for malicious apps especially if using a android. Not to say it can’t be done with iPhone but I believe it’s more complicated on the apple program. Also know that it is a app and it’s just hidden from the home screen so make sure you go into your phone settings and look at every single app that is installed into your phone if the spyware is installed you will see it and remove it immediately and change every password with a hard reset. For IPhone there’s something called copy9 which they say it is totally undectable but signs of a hot phone and a very fast draining battery is KEY to know that 9 out of 10 there’s spyware installed onto your phone. I hope this helps and there is a app for android that is very easy for someone to install and you won’t see it on your home screen only because it’s hidden from there but not in your internal settings where you can view running apps, but you want to make sure you view all installed apps because that’s every single app in your phone not just the ones that are running. If you aren’t the computer/phone handy person have a trustworthy friend help you that knows the droid program very well and if that doesn’t work out call a professional. These encryptions they run for these apps are real guys nothing to play with its not worth risking our privacy, identity, and personal information. So HOT PHONE-QUICK DRAINING BATTERY===THESE ARE THE ONLY TWO SIGNS U NEED TO KNOW THAT SOMETHING IS UP WITH YOUR PHONE. SO GET IT RESOLVED ASAP!!! Hope I’ve helped guys and girls

  • Say I was buying a iPhone 5s off Craigslist that was locked, they say they will unlock it for more $$$. How do I know they aren’t unlocking it from a third-wheeling thing and when I update my IOS it will return to being locked? (That probably didn’t make sense)

  • My iPhone seems to have a “mind of its own” and I’m very concerned it might be a hacker. Frequently, my screen acts like somebody else is touching it; apps keeping opening up and even my texts open up to random contacts. Is this a hacker?

    • The same exact thing happened to me except I was on facebook and all of a sudden it went crazy and started typing on its own…does anyone know if this is a sign of the phone being hacked??

    • I’m not entirely sure about if that means you have been hacked but I am worried because I am experiencing the same thing…

  • I have an iPhone 6 and I was texting my friend and all of a sudden he didn’t text back and then I got a text message in blue from someone saying I am you and who are you. I never sent it but he said that he didn’t get any of it. Is it possible that my phone was hacked

  • Is it possible for someone to hack into my phone and get hold of pictures and videos even if I delete them on the camera app and the recently deleted section of the photos app?

  • my ex is claiming that he has access to my iphone 6s and he has the same phone…. how do you block this from happening? he knows of people i talk to and how much i send and receive messages. its scary and disrespectful

    • If your ex is threatening you and breaching your privacy by saying he can access personal information from your 6s by hacking than maybe you should report that to the police.

  • Guys i received this link on safari saying that my iphone is hacked and i need to call their support believe the site is not legit since it is not apple. Below is the link please check..

  • When i post to a group my screen goes black and then jumps to my icon screen i dont have a phone except text and talk ultra and i use wifi thats locked we just got internet and before I would use the hotspot in the neighborhood

  • My ex is psyco and is always saying that he has hacked my iphone and has all my numbers and messages is thier anyway of telling how and if he has? Please help asap thank you

    • Go to your settings check the messages thing if u see his number in the “send and receive address” he is in fact getting your messages you can take it to AT&T to get it fixed or whatever your phone company is hope this helps

  • While I was waiting on the phone for the person I was calling answer the call…numbers were dialing in background, heard the tones and the numbers 575*** appeared on my screen. It seemed like someone was using my phone. Could my phone be hacked. Both my kids data usage has jumped high, my data is ok, my battery drains fast and gets hot.

  • I’ve got a situation because I was on an app and got threatened that they’re looking at my iPhone data.. can this happen and how?

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