Now that the Israeli-made Pegasus spyware program has once again drawn attention to concerns about spying on cell phones, it’s time to find out if your phone contains spyware.
While Pegasus spyware is unlikely to spy on you, there are other hackers, spyware, and apps that may attempt to steal financial and personal information, Gadgets Now reports.
These are the signs that you are being followed or that your phone has been hacked.
The phone battery discharges abnormally fast
If your phone’s battery is draining remarkably reckless, it may be due to malware and fake apps using malicious code. First, check the number of apps running in the background, close the ones you don’t need, and then check if the problem persists.
Pegasus Spyware: Applications you would not recognize
If you notice applications on your smartphone that you have not downloaded or recognized, it may be the work of a hacker or spyware.
The phone is too slow
If you notice that your smartphone is suddenly running very slowly and consuming more battery, there may be malware running in the background.
Increase in mobile data usage
If you notice that your data consumption is suddenly higher than normal, it may be due to apps or malware consuming mobile data in the background and monitoring your activities.
The phone behaves strangely
If your smartphone is behaving strangely, for example, if apps suddenly fail to load or crash, this may be another warning sign.
Strange pop-up notes
This type of malware works by generating too many pop-ups on devices. If you notice something like this, it may be adware. Always avoid clicking on these ads.
Find unrecognized photos and videos in the gallery
If you see photos and videos in your photo gallery that you don’t recognize, you should be on your guard, as someone may be remotely monitoring your device.
The flash turns on when the phone is not in use
If you notice that the flash comes on even when you are not using the phone, this may be another sign that someone is monitoring your device remotely.
The phone gets hot when not in use
If your phone gets very hot, even when you’re not using it, it’s likely that hackers are on the prowl.
Registration of unrecognized texts or calls
If you notice messages or calls in your address book that you have not sent or made, and usually those containing unusual symbols, be on the alert.
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