Why does my Android phone/tablet need protection?
Cybercriminals increasingly target mobile devices, especially Android smartphones and tablets due to its open-source nature which allows mobile manufacturers and other developers to create their own operating systems. Although Android devices have built-in standard security features, it’s essential to be aware of the risks and take steps to protect your Android device.
Signs Your Android Device is Hacked
- Your phone battery drains easily
Malicious apps running in the background can overheat your phone and consume its battery faster than usual.
- Unsolicited calls and messages
If you receive unexpected calls or messages from unregistered numbers offering too-good-to-be-true deals or claiming to be from a legitimate company and requesting money or personal information
- Unrecognized apps installed
Unfamiliar apps appeared on your device without your permission
- Abnormal high data consumption
Excessive data consumption by a random app other than social media or streaming services, which normally use a significant amount of data could be a sign of being compromised.
- Unwanted Pop-up/Ads
Frequent and persistent strange pop-ups and ads could indicate that attackers have installed malicious malware on your device.
- Suspicious device activities
Hackers can install spyware or malware on device if you notice sudden clicks without doing anything, sudden opening/crashing of apps, background noises during calls which means that someone is interfering with the communication or find yourself being redirected to websites that you did not intend to visit.
- Unauthorized Bill Charges
If someone has remote access to your phone, they might take advantage of your subscriptions and other services for their own benefit
What to do if Your Android Device is Hacked
Keep your Android device secure and safeguard your personal information with these easy tips. Stay one step ahead in the battle of device protection and data defense
- Uninstall unfamiliar and suspicious apps on your device.
- Update your device with the latest software updates and security patches which is important to keeping your device safe and secure.
- Change your passwords on all your accounts immediately. Do not store passwords on device or browser, use Trend Micro Password Manager to securely record and save your passwords.
- Install apps directly from Google Play Store. Be cautious with APK files as they can be used by hackers to gain unauthorized access to your device. Make sure to check the unneeded permission requests.
- Enable Google Play Protect to keep an eye on the apps you install from Play Store. In Trend Micro Mobile Security app, make sure that the Pre-installation Scan feature is enabled on the app that will help check the apps before you download them.
- Use a reliable VPN like VPN Proxy One Pro. A Virtual Private Network (VPN) encrypts your internet traffic and protects your online privacy and security.
- Set up Two-Factor Authentification to secure your accounts safe from hackers.
- Be cautious when connecting to public Wi-Fi networks. They are often unsecured and can leave your Android vulnerable to hacking. Use VPN Proxy One Pro to turn any public hotspot into a secure WiFi.
- Be wary of phishing scams. Phishing emails and text messages trick you into revealing your personal information or downloading malware. Verify the sender's identity and avoid clicking on links or downloading attachments from unknown sources. Use Trend Micro Check to block spam mails, text messages and calls from unknown contacts.
- Contact support for professional help
If you're unsure or require additional assistance to remove malware or restore your system, it is advisable to contact professional help.
Talk to a Trend Micro Support Representative. They can diagnose and fix the problem, and help you take steps to prevent future attacks.