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Is your iPhone hacked? 5 dangerous signs of spyware you should look out for and things to do

Worried if your iPhone is tapped? You can watch out for these dangerous signs to stay aware of spyware.

Updated on: Jun 01 2023, 23:42 IST
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Watch out for these signs for spyware on your iPhone. (AP)

The advance of technology in the last few years has become both, a boon and a bane for us. While technology such as smartphones, laptops, and wearable devices help us in our day-to-day lives, these gadgets can also be hacked by cybercriminals, exposing all our sensitive information. Last year, a major controversy happened in India surrounding the Pegasus spyware developed by Israeli technology and cyber-arms firm, the NSO Group. Now, putting the issue under the spotlight is Congress Party leader Rahul Gandhi, who hinted that his iPhone has been tapped.

What’s concerning about this kind of spyware is that it can be deployed on iPhones or Android phones discreetly and is compatible with most versions of their operating systems. Spyware can, not only read text messages and steal passwords from the devices on which it is deployed, it can also track locations, and calls and access the microphone and camera on the device. Rahul Gandhi, who is on a three-city tour of the US, jokingly claimed during one of his conferences that his iPhone was being tapped. “Hello! Mr. Modi,” he said while holding up his iPhone.

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So, is your iPhone being tapped by someone? Check for these signs:

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1. Battery drain and heating up issues

One of the major indications of your iPhone being hacked or infected with spyware is if you’re experiencing severe battery drain. When software tracks and monitors your phone calls and text messages, you might start to see your battery drain off faster and your phone may even heat up. You can check which app is consuming the most battery in your iPhone settings.

2. Increased data usage

You can check the data consumed by apps on your iPhone to detect any abnormal data usage. If you suddenly find yourselves low on mobile data, then it could be an indication that a discreet service might be using data on your phone. You must identify and get rid of it.

3. Unrecognizable apps

If you’ve recently come across any app on your iPhone that you did not install, then it might be a hint that your iPhone is infected by spyware. Aside from bloatware, some of the apps might be disguised with unassuming names or might even be hidden from the app drawer. Keep a check on any apps that you do not recognize and uninstall them.

4. Random ads or pop-ups

Random apps that pop up on your iPhone could mean that there is adware on your iPhone. Keep a check on links that direct you to other links or websites or ask you to pay to remove a virus that is present on your device.

5. Downloaded apps

Did you download any app recently without verifying it? If so, know that many apps on App Store and Google Play Store carry malicious codes within them that can spy on you and steal your money. You should thoroughly check your phone and delete them immediately.

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First Published Date: 01 Jun, 16:18 IST