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How to Tell if Your Phone Has Been Hacked

by on February 15, 2023
in Privacy, Phones and Mobile, Mobile Apps, Tips & How-Tos :: 729 comments

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Updated by Suzanne Kantra on 2/15/2023 with new research and interviews with Keatron Evans, Principal Security Advisor at Infosec Institute, Sachin Puri, Vice President of Marketing at McAfee, and Jakub Vavra, Threat Analyst at Avast.

From email to banking, our smartphones are the main hub of our online lives. No wonder smartphones rival computers as common targets for online hackers. And despite the efforts of Google and Apple, mobile malware continues to land in official app stores – and these malicious apps are getting sneakier.

There are three main types of threats faced by mobile users: malware apps, adware, and spyware. According to the McAfee 2022 Mobile Threat Report, mobile malware apps are mainly masquerading as gaming hacks, cryptomining, and messaging apps to gather account logins, charge fees for bogus services, and sign users up for premium text services. In its 2022 State of Malware Report, MalwareBytes reported a rise in aggressive adware – ads that appear in notifications, the lock screen, and in popups – and highlights the fact that preinstalled malware on inexpensive Android devices continues to be a serious problem. Spyware is software that monitors a device’s content, programs that harness a device’s internet bandwidth for use in a botnet to send spam, or phishing screens that steal a user’s logins when entered into a compromised, legitimate app. It is often unintentionally downloaded from non-official sources that people visit in phishing links sent via email or text messages, as well as malicious websites.

Then there are the commercial spy apps that require physical access to download to a phone. These apps are often installed by those well-known to the victim, such as a partner or parent, and can monitor everything that occurs on the device.

There are technological means and motives for hackers, governments, and even the people we know, such as a spouse or employer, to hack into our phones and invade our privacy. However, unless you’re a high-profile target – journalist, politician, political dissident, business executive, criminal – that warrants special interest, it’s far more likely to be someone close to you than a government entity doing the spying.

Not sure if you may have been hacked? We spoke to Keatron Evans, principal security advisor for Infosec Institute, Sachin Puri, Vice President of Marketing at McAfee, and Jakub Vavra, Threat Analyst at Avast, about how to tell if a smartphone might have been compromised. And, we explore the nine ways your phone can be hacked and the steps you can take to protect yourself.

What are the signs your phone may have been hacked

1. Noticeable decrease in battery life

While a phone’s battery life inevitably decreases over time, a smartphone that has been compromised by malware may start to display significantly decreased battery life. This is because the malware – or spy app – may be using your phone's resources to scan the device and transmit the information back to the hacker's server.

(That said, simple everyday use over time can also shorten your phone's battery life. Check if that’s the case by running through these steps for improving your Android or iPhone battery life.)

2. Sluggish performance

Do you find your phone frequently freezing or specific applications crashing? This could be a sign that malware is overloading your phone’s resources or interfering with other applications. You may also experience continued running of applications despite efforts to close them, or even have your phone crash and/or restart repeatedly.

(As with reduced battery life, many factors could contribute to a slower phone. One main contributor can be running out of storage space, so try freeing up space on your Android or iPhone.)

3. Phone feels hot when not using or charging it

Malware or apps, like bitcoin miners, running in the background can cause your phone to run hot or even overheat, according to Vavra. If your phone feels hot to the touch and it's not in use or on your charger, it could be a sign that malware is present. Try turning your phone off and on to see if the problem goes away. If not, there may be cause for concern.

4. High data usage

Another sign of a compromised phone is an unusually high data bill or running out of data before the end of the month. Extra data use can come from malware or spy apps running in the background and sending information back to their server.

For iPhones, go to Settings > Cellular and scroll down to see the list of apps using cellular data. You can check the current and last billing periods.

For plain Android phones (Google Pixels phones), go to Settings > Network & Internet > SIMs > App data usage. For Samsung phones, go to Settings > Connections > Data usage > Mobile data usage. Or, search for "data usage" in the search bar of the Settings app.

5. Outgoing calls or texts you didn’t send

If you see lists of calls or texts to numbers you don’t know, be wary. These could be premium-rate numbers that malware is forcing your phone to contact, the proceeds of which land in the cyber-criminal’s wallet. In this case, check your phone bill for any costs you don’t recognize.

6. Mystery pop-ups and apps

While not all pop-ups mean your phone has been hacked, constant pop-up alerts could indicate that your phone has been infected with adware, a form of malware that forces devices to view certain pages that drive revenue through clicks. Even if a pop-up isn’t the result of a compromised phone, pop-ups coming from external sources can include phishing links that attempt to get you to type in sensitive info or download malware.

You may also find apps on your phone that you didn't download and could be signs malware has been installed on your device. If you don't recall downloading the app, you can press and hold on the app icon (Android) and click on the option for App info. Scroll down and the App details section will tell you were the app was installed from (should be Google Play Store). Click on App details to go to the Google Play Store, where you can check the app is a legitimate app from a trustworthy developer. For Apple owners, go to the App Store and tap on your profile icon, select Purchased > My Purchases, and search for the app name.

7. Unusual activity on any accounts linked to the device

If a hacker has access to your phone, they also have access to your accounts – from social media to email to various lifestyle or productivity apps. This could reveal itself in activity on your accounts, such as resetting a password, sending emails, signing up for new accounts whose verification emails land in your inbox, or moving emails to trash that you don’t remember seeing (especially those verification emails).

In this case, you could be at risk for identity fraud, where criminals open new accounts or lines of credit in your name, using information taken from your breached accounts. It’s a good idea to change your passwords – without updating them on your phone – before running a security sweep on your phone itself.

How your phone can be hacked and what you can do to prevent it

From targeted breaches and vendetta-fueled snooping to harvesting data from the unsuspecting, here are nine ways someone could be spying on your cell phone – and what you can do about it.

1. Spy apps

There is a glut of phone monitoring apps designed to covertly track someone’s location and snoop on their communications. Many are advertised to suspicious partners or distrustful employers, others are marketed as legitimate tools for safety-concerned parents to keep tabs on their kids. Such apps can be used to remotely view text messages, emails, internet history, and photos; log phone calls and GPS locations; some may even hijack the phone’s mic to record conversations made in person. Basically, almost anything a hacker could possibly want to do with your phone, these apps would allow.

Techlicious has studied consumer cell phone spying apps and found they could do everything they promised. Worse, they were easy for anyone to install, and the person who was being spied on would be none the wiser that their every move was being tracked. Commercial spyware programs, like Pegasus, sold to law enforcement and government agencies (including in countries with poor human rights histories), don't even require direct access to the device.

“The purpose of spyware is to be undetectable. Generally, if it's sophisticated, it may be very difficult to detect,” says Vavra.


Spyware apps are not available on Google Play or Apple's App Store. So someone would have to jailbreak your iPhone or enable unauthorized apps on your Android phone and download the spyware from a non-official store. Parental monitoring apps, which are available in Google Play and the App Store, have similar features for tracking and monitoring, but they aren't designed to be hidden from view.

How to protect yourself

  • Since installing spy apps requires physical access to your device, putting a passcode on your phone greatly reduces the chances of someone being able to access your phone in the first place. And since spy apps are often installed by someone close to you (think a spouse or significant other), pick a code that won’t be guessed by anyone else.
  • Go through your apps list for ones you don’t recognize.
  • Don’t jailbreak your iPhone. If a device isn’t jailbroken, all apps show up in the App Library. If it is jailbroken, spy apps are able to hide deep in the device, and whether security software can find it depends on the sophistication of the spy app. For iPhones, ensuring your phone isn’t jailbroken also prevents anyone from downloading a spy app to your phone, since such software – which tampers with system-level functions - doesn’t make it into the App Store. The easiest way to tell if your iPhone has been jailbroken is the existence of an alternate app store, like Cydia or Sileo. They may be hidden, so search for them. If you find one, you'll need to restore your phone to factory settings. Back up your phone and then go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings.
  • If you have an Android phone, go to Settings and search for "install unknown apps" and make sure all sources are set to off.
  • Download a mobile security app that will scan for rogue apps. We recommend Avast, Bitdefender, or McAfee.

2. Phishing messages

Whether it’s a text claiming to help you recover a package or a friend exhorting you to "check out this photo of you last night", text messages containing deceptive links that aim to collect sensitive information (otherwise known as phishing or “smishing”) continue to make the rounds. And with people often checking their email apps throughout the day, phishing emails are just as lucrative for attackers.

Periods such as tax season tend to attract a spike in phishing messages, preying on people’s concerns over their tax returns. You'll also see a rise after natural disasters, asking people to donate.

Android phones may also fall prey to texts with links to download malicious apps. Android won't allow you to install apps from sources outside the Play Store unless you change your install permissions in Settings to allow unknown app, so it's safest to always keep these set to "Not allowed". The same scam isn’t workable for iPhones, which are commonly non-jailbroken and, therefore, can’t download apps from anywhere except the App Store.


Quite likely. While people have learned to be skeptical of emails asking them to click links, people tend to be less wary when using their phones.

How to protect yourself

  • Keep in mind how you usually verify your identity with various accounts – for example, your bank will never ask you to provide your password or PIN via text message or email.
  • Check the IRS’s phishing section to familiarize yourself with how the tax agency communicates with people, and verify any communications you receive.
  • Avoid clicking links in texts from numbers you don’t know or in unusual messages from friends.

3. Unauthorized access to iCloud or Google account

Hacked iCloud and Google accounts offer access to an astounding amount of information backed up from your smartphone – photos, contacts, location, messages, call logs, and saved passwords. This information can be used for phishing or blackmail.

Additionally, access to your Google account means access to your Gmail, the primary email for many users. The ability to use your email for verification codes to your accounts can lead to a domino effect of hacking all the accounts your email is linked to – from your Facebook account to your mobile carrier account, paving the way for identity theft.


If you use a weak password, it won’t be difficult for a hacker to gain access to your account.

How to protect yourself

  • Create a strong password for all your accounts (and, as always, your email). We recommend using a password manager so you can use strong passwords without needing to memorize them. Password managers can also generate strong passwords, making the process even easier.
  • Enable login notifications, so you are aware of sign-ins from new computers or locations.
  • Enable two-factor authentication (2FA) so that even if someone discovers your password, they can’t access your account without access to your 2FA method.
  • To prevent someone from resetting your password, lie when setting up password security questions. You would be amazed by how many security questions rely on information that is easily available on the Internet or is widely known by family and friends.

4. SIM swapping

Last year, the FBI announced that it saw a significant rise in SIM swapping complaints. With SIM swapping, cybercriminals call up cellular carriers to pose as legitimate customers who have been locked out of their accounts. By providing stolen personal information, they’re able to get the phone number ported to their own device and use it to ultimately take over a person’s online accounts, including virtual currency accounts.


SIM swapping is not common, but it is on the rise.

How to protect yourself

  • Make sure you have your cellular account protected by an account passcode. Don’t use guessable numbers for your carrier PIN – like your birthday or family birthdays, all of which could be found on social media.
  • For AT&T, log into your AT&T account, select Account settings > Linked accounts > Manage extra security and make sure "Extra security" is checked in the Account Passcode tile.
  • For T-Mobile, log into your T-Mobile account with the T-Mobile app and select Account > Profile Settings > Privacy and notifications > SIM protection, and toggle on SIM protection for your accounts and select "Save Changes."
  • For Verizon, log into your Verizon account with the Verizon app. Select Account Settings > Number Lock and toggle on for all of your accounts and select "Save Changes."

5. Hacked phone camera

The prevalence of video calling has highlighted the importance of securing computer webcams from hackers – but that front-facing phone cam could also be at risk. To gain access to your phone's camera, hackers would need to have the ability to run software remotely in a remote code execution (RCE) attack. In 2021, a vulnerability found in Qualcomm and MediaTek chips used in two-thirds of all phones sold that year put people at risk of RCE attacks, including streaming video from the phone's camera. This vulnerability was quickly patched, but RCE vulnerabilities regularly crop up, including Apple's recent update to old iPad and iPhones.


While RCE vulnerabilities continue to be a problem, cameras are not usually the target. Hacking is unlikely unless someone has physical access to install an app on your phone.

How to protect yourself

Always download security updates for all apps and your device.

6. Apps that over-request permissions

While many apps over-request permissions for the purpose of data harvesting, some may be more malicious and request intrusive access to everything from your location data to your camera roll. Puri notes that "Cheating tools and hacking apps are popular ways to get extra capabilities in mobile games. Criminals are exploiting this by promoting game hacking apps that include malicious code on legitimate messaging channels." Other types of apps that have been known to deliver malware include camera filters, photo editors, and messaging apps. And last year, McAfee identified a group of "cleaner apps" that purportedly removed unneeded files or optimized battery life, but actually installed malware on millions of devices.


It's common to run into apps that over-request permissions.

How to protect yourself

  • Read app permissions and avoid downloading apps that request more access than they should need to operate.
  • For Android, download a mobile security app such as Avast, Bitdefender, or McAfee that will scan apps before downloading and flag suspicious activity on apps you do have.

7. Snooping via open WiFi networks

The next time you happen upon a password-free WiFi network in public, be careful. Nefarious public hotspots can redirect you to lookalike banking or email sites designed to capture your username and password. It's not necessarily a shifty manager of the establishment you’re frequenting who's behind the ruse. For example, someone physically across the road from a coffee shop could set up a login-free WiFi network named after the café in hopes of catching useful login details for sale or identity theft.


If you're using a legitimate public WiFi network, Vavra says that "there are now enough safeguards it [snooping] shouldn't be too much of an issue." Most websites use HTTPS to encrypt your data, making it worthless to snoopers.

How to protect yourself

  • Use the apps on your phone to access email, banking, etc., rather than your browser, and you will be protected against malicious redirects.
  • Vavra says that "VPN adds another layer of encryption and essentially creates a more secure tunnel between the user and the website. While HTTPS only covers the communication data, VPN encrypts all data sent and can be used to change user location as perceived by the website or service the user is communicating with. So even the ISP (Internet provider) doesn’t see what is sent." Paid versions of mobile security apps often include a VPN, and we like Nord VNP and, for a free option, Proton VPN.

8. SS7 global phone network vulnerability

A communication protocol for 2G and 3G mobile networks, Signaling System No 7 (SS7), has a vulnerability that lets hackers spy on text messages, phone calls, and locations. The security issues have been well-known for years, and hackers have exploited this hole to intercept two-factor authentication (2FA) codes sent via SMS from banks. According to Evans, his method could also be used to impersonate a user's identity by spoofing their MSISDN or IMSI number, intercept calls, locate the user, commit billing fraud, and launch a Denial of Service (DoS) attack, which could bring down the network.


Evens says that the likelihood is pretty low of experiencing this type of hack. The major U.S. carriers have shut down their 3G service, and Evans estimates that only about 17 percent of the world still uses 2G or 3G networks.

How to protect yourself

  • Choose email or (safer yet) an authenticator app as your 2FA method, instead of text message. We like Authy and Google Authenticator.
  • Use an end-to-end encrypted message service that works over the internet (thus bypassing the SS7 protocol). WhatsApp and Signal encrypt messages and calls, preventing anyone from intercepting or interfering with your communications.
  • Keep your device updated.
  • If you want to be extra careful, Evans suggests, "If you're traveling abroad, get a cheap phone that you can almost use as a disposable and get rid of it when you get back or getting ready to return."

9. Fake cellular towers, like the FBI’s Stingray

The FBI, IRS, ICE, DEA, U.S. National Guard, Army, and Navy are among the government bodies known to use cellular surveillance devices (the eponymous StingRays) that mimic bona fide network towers. StingRays, and similar ISMI pretender wireless carrier towers, force nearby cell phones to drop their existing carrier connection to connect to the StingRay instead, allowing the device’s operators to monitor calls and texts made by these phones, their movements, and the numbers of who they text and call. As StingRays have a radius of about half a mile, an attempt to monitor a suspect’s phone in a crowded city center could amount to tens of thousands of phones being tapped.

The American Civil Liberties Union has identified over 75 federal agencies in over 27 states that own StingRay-type devices but notes that this number is likely a drastic underestimate. In 2015, the Department of Justice started requiring its agencies to obtain warrants for using StingRay-type devices, but this guidance doesn't apply to local and state authorities. Several states have passed legislation requiring a warrant for use, including California, Washington, Virginia, New York, Utah, and Illinois.


While the average citizen isn’t the target of a StingRay-type operation, it’s impossible to know what is done with extraneous data captured from non-targets.

How to protect yourself

Use encrypted messaging and voice call apps, particularly if you enter a situation that could be of government interest, such as a protest. WhatsApp and Signal encrypt messages and calls, preventing anyone from intercepting or interfering with your communications. Most encryption in use today isn’t breakable, and a single phone call would take 10-15 years to decrypt.

From security insiders to less tech-savvy folk, many are already moving away from traditional, unencrypted communications – and perhaps in several years, it will be unthinkable that we ever allowed our private conversations and information to fly through the ether unprotected.

[image credit: hacker smartphone concept via BigStockPhoto]

Natasha Stokes has been a technology writer for more than seven years covering consumer tech issues, digital privacy, and cybersecurity. As the features editor at TOP10VPN, she covered online censorship and surveillance that impact the lives of people around the world. Her work has also appeared on BBC Worldwide, CNN, Time, and Travel+Leisure.

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My facebook account among numerous

From T Lynn on April 30, 2019 :: 2:59 am

My facebook account among numerous others was hacked, password changed, my posts and photos deleted and lies inserted


Hi, so my phone just

From Daniel on May 07, 2019 :: 9:45 am

Hi, so my phone just recently added a password itself, eventhough i didnt add any password, is my phone hacked?


Not clear on what you're describing

From Josh Kirschner on May 07, 2019 :: 2:41 pm

Are you saying you didn’t have any password on your phone before, but now you do? Or you had a password, and that password isn’t working anymore? Are we talking about your phone’s lockscreen?


Anonymous Text Message Draft

From C.C. on May 08, 2019 :: 10:20 am

Several times in the last 2 weeks, when I get up in the morning, I see a text message listed as a draft to “Anonymous.”  There is no content in the message, but it is always at 3:21 a.m..  At first I thought it was a fluke, but I am not sure. I have seen nothing else that is alarming.

Thank you for your help.


Seems to be a network quirk

From Josh Kirschner on May 08, 2019 :: 2:24 pm

There are complaints from others about very similar issues going back years (do a google search on “text message listed as a draft to anonymous”). It appears to be some sort of quirk with SMS/MMS networks, though I didn’t see anyone who discovered a real cause or resolution.

It doesn’t sound like something to be concerned about, but you could always factory reset your device (back it up first!), which “may” fix the SMS problem and would remove any malware, if something was present.



From joanne on May 12, 2019 :: 3:03 am

my J36 phone is hacked this is my 3rd phone i know who it is he denies it all my textes,voice mail,calls are being track and recorded he has games and apps that he is doing it with how can i get my phone back and rid and the other stuff off i want my privacy basck ,Thank You


Clone Phone

From Anonymous on May 17, 2019 :: 10:57 pm

Dear Josh, I need to admit that I got attracted to a facebook page who sells clone cellphones whereas they claims that they are a Made in Korea clone phones. I bought a Samsung galaxy phone with a cheaper price. And I am afraid that it is hacked. I research about it and at some point it has the characteristics of being hacked and sometimes its not. I don’t know what to do. And I am using it to text/call my friends and family now. Please help me.


Are you a victim of gangstalking?

From Important on May 22, 2019 :: 5:43 pm

Some of the stories here definitely sounds like cases of gangstalking.
It is real indeed, and getting more and more commonplace.

If that is the case, better passwords wont help, if they have certain technology in place.
Find a way to deal with the situation, learn from other peoples experience. Realize and accept that you do not have any privacy.
Gangstalking is mainly an elaborate scare tactics scheme, keep that in mind.


Targeted Individuals

From Audio/Radio Waves on November 01, 2019 :: 6:25 pm

Yes, this is becoming rampant. Mine started in 2014 and has since escalated to the use of Audio and Radio waves penetrating my hearing 24/7. Cell phones and all of my accounts have been accessed numerous times. It’s political and supposedly its our government? No, I believe technology has gotten into the wrong hands. Money = power.


SISTER breached my cloud, and I don't care she knows everything about me anyway and Google let her H

From Deborah S Plunkett on June 02, 2019 :: 1:18 pm

I don’t want to see nothing else related to my PROBLEM! I can’t understand what you want from me!!!


Hacked Phone

From Javier Pagan on June 02, 2019 :: 5:45 pm

Can someone can see your photos and read your journal on your cell phone



From Aaron on June 04, 2019 :: 4:15 am

Why is it dat my phone will just off on it own


Often a bad battery

From Josh Kirschner on June 04, 2019 :: 12:00 pm

If your phone is suddenly shutting off, it could be a sign of a old/failing battery. As batteries fail, the phone often has a difficult time determining how much capacity is left, so it can read 20% remaining ad then suddenly run out of juice and shut down with no warning. It could also be a hardware/software related issue with the phone, though I would put my money on the battery.  I strongly doubt it is in any way hacking related.


Hacked Phone

From Javier Pagan Lopez on June 05, 2019 :: 6:51 pm

My phone was hacked and my journal was use to stalk and harassed my ex what can I do? Please I need help


Angry husband

From william on June 06, 2019 :: 11:42 pm

I feel relieved finally catching my wife cheating on me, for two years i have been living in agony and emotional pains knowing my wife is cheating on our marriage, but i wasn’t having proof, i have reported the matter to friends and family but nobody believed me, right now i am thanking (C Y B E R F O R C E H A C K E R S ( A ) G M A I L . C O M) for exposing her to the world for the true evil that she is, now i have proof and i have filed a divorce.


Hackers/ my main weak link is my heart im uddfeing

From Kurt Norman on January 23, 2022 :: 4:32 am

My deceased brother phone his. Accounts on it this so called friend has an all his accounts and was monitor him when he was on hospice I’m homeless he’s living in motel riding a new bike I’ve in never gotten any money from internet put in my bros info on mem card ?


This is a serious problem. Anyone who diminishes it has hea

From CyberCorps Fellow on June 07, 2019 :: 7:02 am

I’m a former diplomat living in Israel.  I’m up north near the Syrian border.  The USG spent millions on me to study cyber, as I was to lead the rollout of domestic training.  Budget topped



From Davidd on June 07, 2019 :: 10:45 pm

The hackers you can not get rid of work for cell phone company. Mine was a tmobile call center guy. Do a bug report on your cell phone. I did and got his company email address, all the cell numbers he cloned my phone to. They have all account access. I turned into company, FTC, AND THE FBI.


Whats so g with my phone

From Chedarbob on June 08, 2019 :: 9:16 am

Theres sompthing ring with my phone
1)when I try to look up how to find the owner to phone numbers on google it keeps going to a way off the line page or it seas page not avalibeal to you I checked my setting I dident see any thing stoping me!!

2) most my setting dont work it will take me straight to my home page ever time

3) on my app store I can’t down loud apps that show hidden apps like I have my bank app on my phone but sont show up any were in my apps bjt when I gokve the app it shows already down loved.
4) how can I call my bio e mail off my by phone??



From Paul on June 09, 2019 :: 4:54 pm



How far have we come?

From Mrs Thomp on June 09, 2019 :: 5:17 pm

Seriously, I made a post about my situation YEARS ago.  Guess what?  Going on 4+ years and still being hacked and stalked.  I find that I know more than the cell phone professionals I tried to enlist to help me.  These people DO NOT have to be in physical proximity of your phone.  Peruse the crapload of apps on Google Play that only require a phone number to stalk someone.  For the love of GOD!  Stop saying it doesn’t exist and since you are the professionals, help us be free of our abusers!  🙄🙏🏾🤦🏾‍♀️


We stand by our advice

From Josh Kirschner on June 14, 2019 :: 3:25 pm

While there are ways to track people without physical access to a device (and we describe those methods above), spy/tracking apps through Google Play all require direct access to the phone being tracked to install the app. If you know of any app in Play that can track another device just with a phone number, please tell me what that is (I’ll make a pretty big bet there isn’t one).


Someone hacked my phonE.

From Saurabh on June 10, 2019 :: 3:02 am

After conference call one party hacked my phone and get the calling no of another party of confrence call


I doubt that is what happened

From Josh Kirschner on June 14, 2019 :: 3:28 pm

There’s no way to hack a phone through a conference call. It’s possible that you were all dialing into a conference call service or app that showed the numbers of participants dialed in, but you weren’t hacked.


my fuckin dog niehbour

From george on June 15, 2019 :: 6:50 am

my dog piece of shit niebhour is hacking my internet how can I stop him I need to kick his head in smile


Why do you think your neighbor is hacking your internet?

From Josh Kirschner on June 17, 2019 :: 8:45 am

First of all, why do you think your internet is being hacked? Is your concern WI-Fi or direct access? Whatever you’re seeing may have nothing to do with hacking.

It’s very easy to prevent anyone from accessing your internet simply by setting a secure password for your Wi-Fi and ensuring any “guest” Wi-Fi accounts are turned off or also have a secure password. All modern Wi-Fi routers will have strong security active by default, you just need to make sure your password isn’t guessable. Routers also have the ability to block specific MAC address (or only whitelist addresses for devices you know), so even if someone knew your password they couldn’t get in.


Asking help

From Liuelseged berihanu on June 19, 2019 :: 6:00 am

Hey my sister pls help me my phone is hacked by some one. The hacker know all about my secrets even my call voice.and how can i know the hacker


Galaxcy tab Samsung

From Desperate on November 16, 2020 :: 3:08 pm

My phone number have been used to phone people and telling them about discussions between me and my friend….what can I do…this is destroying my relationship because how do I prove my innicense


Hacked totally phone

From Raghvendra mishra on June 20, 2019 :: 7:24 am

My phone is hacked . Another person is opereetd my text msg all social site calls…..i if i could call some they also listen.nd i was chat someone the msg should tey read.kindly help me out i am very prblm plz


I certainly hope for some nice help for me on line

From Edward Vega on June 22, 2019 :: 3:49 am

as asked up above I certainly did have my cell phone knocked out very many times and my favourite cell phone then phell apart so I went to At+T for a new phone and they gave me a much different phone that is certainly not as nice as the other one and they charged me a huge number for the new phone and it does not work as well as my other cell phone so I might call At+T again and find out ifthey do still have mymcuh best phone available again and maybe they can send it to me ore maybe to a local At+t location so I can maybe by it gain and cerainly get much more help with that soon. Edward Vega


I did certainly sadly did have my cell phone kicked off very many times

From Edward Vega on June 22, 2019 :: 3:55 am

My current phone is not any where as nice as my prior AT+T phone number so I may call them and find if they somehow can send me the same cell phone I did have for so lone befoe it was kciked of and proken up for me. My last one was certainly much more helpful and it had a ver wonderful picture of me thaat very many people enjoyed seeing that nice picture. I don’t know if I can somehow list my nice picture on my new phone so I do intedn to maybe gett the other one named LG for my most help. Edward Vega


One and done

From John Van Kirk on June 23, 2019 :: 11:34 am

I have a one time message correspondence on my phone from 2/26/18 9:12 pm 10:22 pm.  It was in a mailbox app on my phone that I don’t use.  The language is graphic and my wife is understandably upset.  I wasn’t involved with the correspondence but it says it was done from my I phone.  There are other three other more recent messages that I did send, they are replies from emails sent on my yahoo account.
I’m not understanding any of this.  Why only a few of my yahoo messages got replies on this account and where this one time correspondence came from.



From John Van Kirk on June 23, 2019 :: 11:59 am

My wife found a correspondence from 2/26/18 from 9:12 to 10:22.  It was very graphic and she is understandably upset.  It was on the mail app that came with my iPhone that I don’t use.  There were however three other recent messages that I sent from my yahoo account that were answered there.  I only use my yahoo account, so why would there be anything in this account.  This one string of correspondence is threatening my marriage and I don’t know where it came from or how it got on this mail account.  The correspondence says it’s from me at iCloud. com but I have never used that, ever.


Is my phone or what's app hacked

From Jyo on June 25, 2019 :: 3:47 am

I got a complaint or call today from one person that they received video calls and messages from my what’s app before night, when i checked the number in the messages, i do not see any. Can someone hack my what’s app and do calls or send messages by using my number?


Not easy to do, but possible

From Josh Kirschner on June 25, 2019 :: 10:49 am

Without more detail from the person who called or complained to you, it’s impossible to say what happened, if anything. Could just be a mix-up on their part.

Since installing Whatsapp on a new device requires getting a text or call to your phone number, the only way I could see for someone to hack your account is to have access to that number. If it’s a Google Voice number or similar, it’s possible they have access to that account. If you’re backing up messages to your iCloud account, it’s possible they have access to your iCloud account. It’s possible someone sent you a spam text asking for your Whatsapp verification code and you sent it back to them, do you remember doing something like that? Some people have also suggested it’s possible to do it by spoofing your phone’s MAC address, but that’s not something a random remote hacker would able able to do.

So is it possible someone has hacked your Whatsapp account? Yes. Is it likely based just on the info you’ve provided? No. To be sure you stay safe, it’s worth activating two-factor authentication in your Whatsapp settings.



From Jackie on June 25, 2019 :: 3:12 pm

Please for the love of God somebody help me I have a Dynasty Tribute and it doesn’t matter what phone I have I can’t keep my sister out of it. I am fed up. She gets in my activity my texts I don’t even know the depth of it all but I know she’s always trying to break my Google accounts and some say she’s using my emails or phone numbers I’m not really sure I’m about to go to the police I’m so fed up with this bullshit. Please I am desperate and gonna do something stupid. I’m at my end please


Are you still having issues

From Pika on October 16, 2020 :: 3:44 am

Are you still having issues with your sister trying to get into your phone?


Tracking iphone

From John Cody Balka on June 30, 2019 :: 10:46 pm

How can I find out if my iPhone has been set up with a gps that I don’t know about with hidden apps downloaded to my phone?


Not possible unless jailbroken

From Josh Kirschner on July 01, 2019 :: 6:13 pm

You can’t add hidden apps to your iPhone unless it has been jailbroken, which can only be done by someone with physical access to your device (unless you are a potential target of state-sponsored spy agencies, in which case a whole different set of tools come into play). You can check to see if your iPhone is jailbroken by downloading a security app, such as Lookout Security.

A more likely tracking scenario is someone doing it through Apple’s Find my iPhone feature. They could access your location if they have access to your Apple ID (because your credentials have been compromized) or if you’re part of Apple’s Family Sharing plan.


Phone hacked by friends

From Vishnu Prasad on July 04, 2019 :: 4:48 am

How can i fix this
Please anybody can tell
My phone is hacked by friends and i will be in a big trap


Is my phone been hacked

From Telaka on July 11, 2019 :: 7:33 am

Pls let me know


its hecked

From rajveer on July 11, 2019 :: 8:49 am

hi josh did you got my query


I'm pretty confused by what you sent

From Josh Kirschner on July 12, 2019 :: 3:27 pm

For some reason you original comment isn’t showing up, but I have pasted it below for reference. I’m having a hard time following much of what you’re describing, but let me make some general statements.

First, the terms & conditions of have nothing to do with accessing your phone’s content, and their icebreaker system is merely sending automated messages to user accounts within the application. If you’re seeing those other gaming apps on your phone, they were either preinstalled by your phone carrier (often carrier “bloatware” can’t be uninstalled) or you installed them yourself at some point.

Nothing you describe sounds anything like hacking.

“Please help me here i have not install any app in my mobile but i went on one site which open direct from google the app name is its dating app where we can meet in this app they asked me to agree term and condition i have not read any thing and click on agree now I am worried about it hacked my phone because later when check there term and condition its written access of phone,messages,photos,videos and device IP address and they use icebreaker software and in there app no option for delete account and in that app its show all bhulshit option for dating is there any chance that they can heck my mobile phone for messages and call listening and later i saw my phone there was app like Burn The Rope, gitit, games club, marbles, smash it , reverie phonebook this kind of app came on screen without installtion and they show no option of uninsatll is it my phone heck by some hecker please help me sir i am using micromax phone”


HELP! My Credit Card account w

From KC GS on July 17, 2019 :: 10:07 am

I “tried” to download a ringtone to my Iphone X last night around 930pm via a supposedly reputable site and the screen just went blank and so I downloaded a couple of Ringtone apps off of the Itunes store. I woke up at 5am to an email saying my scheduled credit card payment was due to withdraw today in the amount of over $4300!!!! I called the company immediately and got it cancelled and they shut down everything of mine but could my phone have been hacked by the apps or the attempt download via safari? How do I know..I’ve changed everything but am scared I missed something.


HELP! Iphone X hacked via Itunes App?

From Kc Gs on July 17, 2019 :: 10:12 am

I tried downloading a ringtone via safari from a supposedly reputable site but the screen went blank so I downloaded 2 ringtone apps with 4 stars and lots of reviews off Itunes. This happened last night approx 930pm. I woke up at 5am this morning to an email from my CCard company saying a payment was scheduled for today in the amount of $4300. Someone got into my account and thought it funny to make a payment using my checking account that is saved to make payments on the site (you know how they make you save a payment method and credit card companies make you use your checking account). Could this hack have happened via the apps I downloaded or the safari download? I’ve changed everything and called the CC company of course but I’m scared it’s lurking in my phone now. Thanks for any help in advance!


Someone is reading my messages

From Michael on July 19, 2019 :: 12:38 am

This is the second time this happened. Someone has been reading my texts and sending texts to people on my personal contact list. How can I find out who’s doing it or how can I put an end to this? I have a LG Stylo 4.



From SiddTheeTripper on July 20, 2019 :: 7:09 am

Ill ignore it all, just give me a running k1500 like the one ualls fucked off, a job and a keno jackpot would be fuckin n nice
Oh and give that poor lady her deposit back unless she’s a schemer



From Sidd on July 20, 2019 :: 7:17 am

Sounds like not a phone hack, but a life hack, only thing I’d want to know is that does the life hack last a lifetime?


Help with iPhone 6s+

From Donna on July 21, 2019 :: 2:43 am

My phone for some reason when on messenger turns on my camera for one person. I can’t get it to turn off. The only person it does this too. This person got on my phone and computer I gave him access to access his fb and messenger since his phone was broken. A few months later unnoticed I had some pictures of a mutual friend on my computer.i knew they were not mine. They were his and somehow ended up on my computer. I was messaging him earlier and after we stopped he said to please turn off my camera. I had closed down all apps etc. never saw this before. He said he would block me til figured out. I found out that his xwife put spyware on his phone. How can I fix mine? Thank you


am i being hacked?

From nikki on July 23, 2019 :: 11:22 am

my key strokes are sometimes slow,I don’t get some text messages, only one persons name is missing from my contact list, just his name, his messages and phone calls are still there.


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