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The 6 signs your iPhone or Android is INFECTED – from weird texts to poor battery life

YOUR smartphone may be under attack by slippery hackers reading your texts right under your nose.

Luckily, there are a number of telltale signs that your iPhone has been infected with malware – software used by cyber crooks to infiltrate your device and spy on your files.

Hackers use infectious software called malware to get inside people's phones

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Hackers use infectious software called malware to get inside people’s phonesPhoto credit: AP:Associated Press

With so many of us now addicted to smartphones, it’s no wonder they’re such a big goal.

We’ve seen everything from malicious WhatsApp scams to shady apps that aren’t what they appear to be.

What’s shocking is that many people don’t know that a hack is even going on in the background.

While not always straightforward, these can be the clues to look out for when you feel something is wrong with your iPhone or Android device.

1. Slow smartphone performance

If apps take longer than expected to load, it could mean you’ve been hacked.

The same is true if the app also randomly crashes.

2. Battery drains quickly

Smartphone batteries drain faster over time.

But if it happens suddenly, it could indicate malware.

That’s because malware sneaks around stealthily in the background, consuming more energy to fulfill its malicious purpose.

3. Data Usage

If you find that your data is being used up way too quickly, that can also be a sign.

Similar to the battery, malware could send data in the background.

4. Billing Changes

If you’ve had an unexplained bill change, this is a red flag.

This could mean more data is consumed by malware and you have to pay for it.

5. Pop-ups and Texts

Pop-ups are pretty standard in web browsers.

But if they appear far too frequently in different places, it may mean that you have been infected with some kind of shady adware.

Additionally, receiving lots of messages and calls from unknown numbers is a major sign that your phone is compromised.

6. Overheating

An overheated smartphone can mean it’s getting old or being exposed to too much sun.

But it can also be an indication that malware is getting to work.

What to do if you suspect your phone is being hacked

If you think your smartphone has been infected with a virus, malware or something else, the first thing to do is download a reliable antivirus app and run a scan.

Here’s a full list worth considering.

You should also download any apps you think might be behind it.

If the problem persists, the last resort might be to factory reset your phone. However, back up valuable files like photos that you know are safe first.

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