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Warning for ALL iPhone and Android users – Signs your phone is “infected” by dangerous hackers

HACKERS are constantly looking for new ways to infiltrate our devices and steal the vast amount of data we keep on them.

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

Hackers are always looking for new ways to get into your phone

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Hackers are always looking for new ways to get into your phoneCredit: Alamy

We’ve seen everything from vicious WhatsApp scam tricksto shady apps they don’t seem to be.

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

But thankfully, there are telltale signs to watch out for.

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

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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

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.

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.

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

If the problem persists, the last resort may be it Factory settings reset Your phone – but first back up valuable files like photos that you know are safe.

Know what to look out for

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