So you think your cell phone has been hacked what do you do? The good news is that it is easy to fix it. I’ll explain the simple steps you need to take in order to fix your hacked phone. You’ll be good in no time!
Your phone is arguably one of the most essential devices that you own. Almost everyone uses their mobile phone on a daily basis. It usually contains a considerable amount of personal data and information, and it would be terrible if someone else was to gain access to that information.
That is one of the main reasons why it’s so important for you to put up access controls on your device and ensure that only you are able to access the device. Hacks are dangerous, and can leave all of your personal data exposed.
When you consider the fact that mobile phones are connected around the clock, it’s easy to say that the chances of a person being hacked are much greater than they used to be. So, what if you have been hacked? How do you fix it? What can you do to protect yourself?
The first step is to find out for sure if your phone is really hacked – I have several guides covering this including for Android phones and then the iPhone. Have a read and decide if you really have a problem. If you have then on with this article ….
Here are a few ways to fix the problem – covering hacked Android phones and hacked iPhones.
How to Fix a Hacked Android Device
The process for removing a hack from an Android device and an iPhone is slightly different, and you need to make sure that you take the right steps. In general, hacking an Android device is much easier, simply because the Android ecosystem is easier to develop for, and there aren’t as many security restrictions.
A lot depends on how the hack has been carried out and what kind of hack you are dealing with. Spy apps are the most effective way of hacking cell phones and the most common. But there are others.
One way to fix a hacked Android device is to install a powerful anti-spyware tool – if you have been hacked using some sort of spyware or malware.
There are several tools that you can use. These anti-spyware tools are going to run deep scans of your device and if a spyware is detected, they will quarantine and remove it from the file system. Be clear this method is unlikely to remove true spy apps such as mSpy or FlexiSPY.
If this doesn’t work, the surefire way to remove a hack from your device is to simply set the phone back to factory settings. This is called a factory reset or a hard reset – see my guide on resetting an Android phone here.
The factory reset is the most convenient option and it is going to ensure that your device goes back to its original state, although it’s also going to remove all of your personal data and applications. This can be overcome by backing up your Android before doing the factory reset.
A factory reset is your best option – it will remove all phone hacks including spy apps.
How to Protect Your Device From Future Hacks
There are a series of different steps that you can take to protect yourself from hacks in the future:
- Always use a reliable anti-spyware program on your device.
- Never root your device; rooting removes a number of security protections and makes it much easier for a hacker to gain access to your device.
- Avoid downloading any apps that are not listed on the official Google Play Store. They won’t be verified.
- Always use a strong passcode and lock your device.
- Update your applications and make sure all operating system updates are installed as well.
Take your Android security seriously! You wouldn’t believe how many people don’t even have a basic anti virus app on their phone. Phones can be an open door to would be hackers.
How to Fix a Hacked iPhone
Fixing a hacked iPhone is going to be slightly different. The reason for that is that Apple does not allow any third party security apps on its platform and handles security updates centrally.
There are two ways to do it, and they are discussed below.
The Simple Method – Update or Reset
The best thing to do is check the settings on your iPad or your iPhone. Look for any recent updates that may have been released and update your device. Updating the operating system has a similar effect to a factory reset – without erasing your personal data such as photos and contacts.
This is the easiest option, as most others will require you to jailbreak your device.
A Different Method
If you feel that your device has been hacked and malicious software is running in the background, first try and update the device.
If that doesn’t work, the next step is to look for any Developer or Enterprise apps on your device that you do not recognize. Many hackers often use this method to gain access to unsuspecting victims.
You could Jailbreak your iPhone and then install a third party security app to scan for any hacks. I don’t recommend this route as Jailbreaking actually weakens your phone security and can lead to other problems making things worse. A Factory reset is always the best option!
How to Protect Your iPhone From Future Hacks
First of all, you need to make sure that you always update your apps. Secondly, make sure to avoid any kind of jailbreak on your device, as that could potentially allow for some serious hacking.
On top of that, you need to make sure that you use a strong passcode for your mobile phone. This is going to ensure that unauthorized apps are not installed on the device by any means.
A factory reset is totally reliable at removing any type of hack – including spy apps. It seems too easy to be true …. but it is. Think about it. It removes everything and restores your device to how it was when it left the factory.
Granted it is a pain to have to do this – you need to backup and restore all your personal data. But if you have a serious problem it is good to know there is a reliable solution and you can Fix your Hacked phone!
Simple security steps like strong passwords and anti virus protection should be common sense for any type of phone – Android or iPhone.
Most spy apps are used to target close friends or loved ones – think about that for a moment. Keeping your phone locked and in your posession at all times is a major step towards keeping safe from hackers.